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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Afflicted.John

Re: Really, good looking???

No, it just doesn't have to be worse. And what features are we talking about? If camera is the most important factor then no, Z30 is not your device etc... But then again a cehap and powerful Nexus won't be either.

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Afflicted.John

What it is for....

Seemingly not in the article so here goes:

Blend is as Simulacra75 points out Bridge on Steroids. The idea is that the content on your phone is accessible to the computer. So what you may ask?... Well the clever bit is that the thin client on the PC/Mac is accessing all the data from your phone and nowhere else. Your PC becomes a glorified input device, and your monitor a larger screen.

But while geeks may hook up a HDMI cable and USB on the go peripherals, Blend makes full use of the screen real estate by formatting appropriately. The "secure" connection is reliant on a good old fashioned cable - USB no less. No funky Bluetoothing needed. And no need for your monitor and keyboard to be connected to the web either. This is a tunnel only to the BB.

It will be interesting how CESG look at this, but purely for those who want to work on their phones, but cannot deal with the overly cramped screen real estate, this can offer your emails and contact all in one place. I am not sure if the office suite is also available.

Why now and not since the 90's? Well the smartphone has certainly evolved hasn't it? Now that I have virtually everything I need to get by on a daily basis on my phone, it has become the working computer, but no matter how much larger phones get, I would still prefer a nicely sized monitor and keyboard when serious tying is called for.

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Afflicted.John

Re: Really, good looking???

The Z30 is every bit as good as a top end Android - try one and you might be surprised.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

Afflicted.John

Re: Fed up with charging my Mk1 every night

Sounds like a trip to http://get.cm is in order...

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

Afflicted.John

Damn midiclorians...

I don't care how that was spelled either.

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WORLD CUP TRAUMA? Just Streaming Stick a Roku in it

Afflicted.John

Re: Now TV hack closed now

Why not just pay the extra £15 for a Roku LT? These cheapskates...

Question is how does it compare iwth the Roku 3? I just took delivery of both and haven't used them enough to say if one was better than the other, but the Roku 3 does seem faster all round. But certainly the Stick is no slouch.

Maybe £20 more than the Chromecast but worth every penny.

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Afflicted.John

Re: Me too

I think you answered his question perfectly. The point of the Roku Stick is you don't need to arse around with connections and fiddling. The thing just works and has a lot more content that a Chromestick.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

Afflicted.John

Re: Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...

Audible does not work no matter how you side load it....but now that Amazon are in on it there are rumours of a Prime VoD app and the Amazon MP3 going BB "native". If so Audible will be coming sooner than you think.

I don't trust Amazon - they are trojan horse scum bags but in this case I may well welcome to my bosom.

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Afflicted.John

Re: wish them all the best

BB Classic for you then?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Afflicted.John

Re: Fringe

And just for the damn record, did anyone watch the final series of Fringe and not wish to the Gods of Kobol that there was another? It was absolutely amazing. The final scene were genius, bringing a neat conclusion to a pretty damn epic storyline. It more than made up for the lack of Peter Bishop a couple of years earlier...

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Afflicted.John

Re: Fringe

Fringe was one of the best depictions of the whole gamut of science fiction ever conceived. You clearly are an idiot.

Having said that, Fringe was as much Kurtzman and Orci as Abrahams so maybe it should stay out of the list. But don't diss Fringe.

Keep calm and listen to Walter.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

Afflicted.John

Anonymised data - why the problem

This data cannot be used to identify you. It does not contain details about who you are or where you live. You record is reduced to an unidentifiable number.

So why the concern?

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Afflicted.John

Re: How about

Your comment is incredibly naive - you have no idea just how archaic the NHS really is.

I am dealing with systems that throw a hissy fit if you are not using IE6, some systems with extensive locked in contracts that do not include support of more than one browser or OS without punitive charges being levied. Should it be this way? Of course not, but it is. And when system administrators are saying a system needs to be Win 7 certified, and the vendor say "no" what do you do? Stop treating patients?

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

Afflicted.John

8" Version Looks like a better bet

Same screen res means crisper display plus it is 8 and not 7 inches... I like the look of that exceedingly...

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BlackBerry BES: Hey, biz bod, fancy an upgrade on that RIM job... for FREE?

Afflicted.John

Let's not forget that without an effective MDM, the likes of Good are being lambasted by the CESG effectively ruling out BYOD on all platforms apart from BB10 in Enterprise Mode. With whitelisting apps on Balance, you can use a BB10 device. CESG seems to say (if I read it right) that all other platforms must not be used fo any personal use at all - no apps or anything.

Not to mention the provisioning process for Android looks horrible...

This market is BB's to lose for sure.

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Afflicted.John

Re: Romana

Insidious incest!

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The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

Afflicted.John

There is little to comaplin about...

...with the APK compatibility. Scaremongering unsecured apps is all too easy to do however. Personally, I am frustrated at how many apps rely on Google APIs and so do not work or work partially. Even TripAdvisor stutters reqeusting access to Google. Others such as Comics work fine for pre-bought content but in app purchases fail forcing onto the web to buy the latest Astonishing X-Men. The others such as $tarbuck$ work flawlessly even allow you to recharge your account as the purchasing portion is handled via their website.

The gamble is worthwhile: if BB garners enoguh support and app devs see lots of BB related activity, the market is there. But the headline that all apps work well on BB10 is not quite right and a way off.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

Afflicted.John

"and made easier to use thanks to controls on the back."

Ha! The that The Verge and your Miley Cyrus watching nonsense...

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Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

Afflicted.John

Re: First step should not be hard

I thought Fusion has been depreciated?

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

Afflicted.John

It is good

Self confessed Android fanboi that I am...I just bloody love the Z30. The first phone in a long time (if ever) that I look forward to using. Android seems to be slowly deconstructing itself through ever increasing and sometimes daft features (Samsung is to blame) while the Z30 just does the stuff really, really well.

I cannot heap enough praise on the thing and only complain slightly due to its weight. But that is a mild tradeoff...

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BlackBerry's AD BLITZ: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated

Afflicted.John

Z30 is a damn fine piece of kit

The Z30 is a bloody good phone. My unashamed Android fanboy roots have withered. I am jumping ship. The likes of the Galaxy Note are gimmicks and the best android can offer business is using an MDM like Good which always seemed like sticking a plaster on a gaping wound. I cannot say anything mopre than I am thoroughly impressed by BB10.

If only BB would engage a clever PR campaign and be a little more intelligent. With LG firing arrows on Facebook (with a resulting backlash) and WhatsApp failing in the security stakes, BB have some opportunity to gain some traction. If only they would stop consistently screwing up...

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Afflicted.John

I am not saying that BB will reclimb the handset market - that is not their core strength but the current strategy to pull away from it and focus on their only growth area (i.e. BES 10) is hardly foolhardy. At the end of the day of companies like Mobile Iron and Good can build an industry off the back of BB's inactivity, you would think there is still enough head knowledge in them to re-take that market.

The last thing Prem Watsa is going to do is pick the company apart. There might be some audacious trimming of the fat but the core BB structure will stand - at the end of the day he is a fan of Blackberry - not the average private equity investor.

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Afflicted.John

Get them for £150 on Ebay.

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Afflicted.John

Sure BB sat on their hands for far too long but they still have a credible market share. With BB10.2, they also have an ace in the hole in the shape of the Jelly Bean runtime essentially allowing any recent Android app to run. The apps are there to be had...

Coupled with the $4.7bilion buyout I would say there are options open to the market that would not mean MS could circle and devour. That would be the death knell...

I am sick of hearing naysayers write off this company - in work on a daily basis I get "Oh I don't even know if BB will be hear in 12 months time" which is purile and short sighted. They need to stick to the core strength of the business which is the platform - and that seems to be what they are aiming for. At the end of the day, the company is not is financial distress other than it has stopped making money and is eating away at itself (although this can not obviously continue). A bit of swift action from their sugar daddy could cure that, and we might see this fruit turn itself around.

I would take BES10 over Good Tech anyday...

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Everyone's waving their 5-inchers: BlackBerry outs new supersized Z30

Afflicted.John

Good. But slow.

There is a lot to admire about BB10 but I just wish that BB would be quicker about issuing these devices - they won't stand a chance unless they pull their damned fingers out...

Good looking phone though but they need to price it below the droid competition.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Afflicted.John

Where there's Play there's LAUNCHERS!

I cannot see any reason why you cannot install Apex or something similar on these devices from Google Play. Unless I am stupid and missed something?

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Afflicted.John

C'mon. No Paul Rhys?

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Afflicted.John
Stop

Stringvest Time

OK. Bowties are cool: Done.

Scarves: done to death.

Leather jacket: done

Pervy suit and Cons: done.

String. Vest. The Doctor will be Rabb C Nesbitt.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

Afflicted.John
FAIL

Re: Concert spending

Well tell that to the musicians I have spoken to such as Toby Jepson of the Little Angels. Had a great conversation with him at a gig and he seemed to have the most forward thinking viewpoint I have heard. He basically said that gigs are the money spinner, to the point where you will now pay more for a gig or concert and an album is merely a way of getting people through the door - an advert for services rendered in a music hall. True fans will buy physical media in most cases, but the bonus of a t-shirt and beanie hat means they will have spent 4 or 5 times the amount over one copy of an album in terms of merchandise and tickets.

There is an elusive drug like quality to the merchandise stall at a concert and I have spent more money there, more easily than when sitting in front of my monitor thinking "Do I really need another Weezer t-shirt?".

This argument will not fit all musicians, and the likes of Billy Bragg have a belief that is distinctly different from Toby, but there is no denying that this school of thought poo-pooed by the article has weight.

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Amazon: We're expanding into TWO HUNDRED countries

Afflicted.John
Facepalm

Re: Several problems however.

Why Google's problem? If you want to use an alternative App Store then that's your lookout. Google won't stop you but they also won't do Amazon's job for them either.

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

Afflicted.John
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Camera will shoot 13MP in tablet mode

"When docked to the tablet it will only shoot 5.5Mp stills and 720p video but I can’t see people doing that very often"

WRONG! Turn the Padfone 2 on it's side and miraculously notice the camera offer 13MP again. That does mean you are holding it in portrait of course. I noticed this odd behaviour when taking photos at a conference and writing up my notes on the PF2.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

Afflicted.John
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Re: The welsh lobby

"For example, there are schools in the South of Wales which are now being built for Welsh speakers and ten years ago this would have been unheard of."

And that is a good thing? When you have English speaking parents sending their kids to these new schools, lured in by "new and shiny" facilities only to sit back and watch their children regress to cromagnon beasts who cannot converse in either language effectively. It is a stupid and puerile political agenda to push the Welsh language down our throats which ultimately will handicap the kids going to school.

There should be an entry requirement that these schools are built in areas where there is a large population where Welsh is the first language of at least one member of the household. And furthermore, entry denied to those who do not have at least one parent speaking fluent Welsh.

If this was the case, you would notice a distinct reduction in the numbers of Welsh Schools being built on the M4 corridor. I am not saying they should not be built, but built in appropriate places according to legitimate business cases on their efficacy.

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

Afflicted.John

The 720 certainly looks like a good prospect. The problem is the Android competition; that is Nexus 4 territory for a device not terribly bigger. Or the Galaxy S III can be had for just as cheap on contract.

But kudos to Nokia for getting a seemingly competitive handset to market.

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Android FOUND ON TABLETS inscribed with WORD OF GOD

Afflicted.John
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Re: No point

If they want to broaden their appeal why is it a waste of money? You are forgetting that the Archos tablets used here are hardly the most expensive thing in the world, marginally more expensive than Kindle's. The issue with Kindle's is they are tied too heavily to the amazon ecosystem and not "agnostic" enough (right phrase?).

Now on the other hand if you had a Church wanting up their levels of customer satisfaction and deployed iPad minis, I would suggest that is a Church that no longer requires donations. Call the Archos a poor man's iPad and it still does the job and is more flexible that a large print book which requires duplication in small print and still only gives you two print size options.

It's a good idea.

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Re: I see a crack in this scheme.

Angry Birds? Is that not available on Satanslabs?

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Review: HP ElitePad 900 Atom tablet

Afflicted.John

Win 8 Pro - good enough for real apps?

Isn't the term "Atom" with the use of "Win 8 Pro" false advertising? It would lead me to think that this fondleslab could do virtually anything that a "Pro" would need to do but where is the line in the sand?

I would not expect it to cope with a full scale Photoshop session but is running a MS SQL based application on the cards?

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

Afflicted.John
Mushroom

Silver lining to this is the licensing rights. There is a sodding great big market for an HD X-Wing for 2013. The same goes for chance to port SCUMMVM games outside of bloody iOS.

It might seem like asset stripping but Lucasarts best days have long gone and Disney are making a pragmatic decision. There will be a plethora of new Star Wars games in the future and the bunsen burner will be lit under the developing houses to make sure they turn in a good product at the end of it. It's Business.

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Comixology cloud fails to Make Mine Marvel

Afflicted.John
Coat

Meh. These things happen. If they are pausing the offer then great. I can wait.

700 is a lot of firsts mind...but I cannot wait to get a digital copy of Spider-Girl for my daughter to ram down her male primary school mates faces. Girls can be Spider-Man too....Spider-Girls! And Women!

Not that this has much to do with anything else...

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Fondling again: HP slates new tablet for April

Afflicted.John
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Re: Looks like a Nexus 7 clone...

Rubbish. The resolution is not everything. I reviewed an Acer A110 and Samsung GTab 2 7.0 on my website and the difference was remarkable. In fact, the Samsung edged the Nexus 7 overall despite a lower resolution

because the overall usability of the tablet.

Until you get the HP in your hands, you won't know if the screen is rubbish, but spec does not dictate everything.

The same goes for the processor. The GTab2 had a dual core 1GHz processor and it largely worked very well. HP has a 1.6 dual core which will not shed a tear running a screen at that resolution and screen size. If this is packaged in a solidly built device then it will sell.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

Afflicted.John
Alien

Re: Hmmm

while Travolta is getting a "massage" and falling out of his towel? Yep.

CREDITS.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

Afflicted.John

Re: 90 staff

Some in California too...

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Afflicted.John

Re: WTF?! "This App is not compatible with Nexus 7

Swiftkey do have a habit of changing device compatibility. The original Galaxy Note would work with SwiftKey tablet for example, but following a SwiftKey 3 update the split keyboard would not work and I had to resort to using the common phone variety. Try the other version to see.

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Afflicted.John

Re: Nexus 7

You will need the tablet version most likely.

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BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT

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Re: Seems the rabid bunch are out again

The BT slammers need a reality check. I pay for BT because I want a quality product. I signed up to a 40GB plan and hit it twice. BT said "no no no" and I upgraded to "Unlimited". I am not caning the hell out of it but know that I need that fabled "Unlimited" as a safety net. But getting a BT package is about more than that - Openzone WiFi being a major plus point for someone addicted to the Android tablet and coffee.

I'm sorry but I cannot really complain about BT apart form acknowledging that they are not cheap as chips. You pays your money...

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Afflicted.John

Re: The usual tricks

Similar thing happened to me when I changed package to unlimited infinity last year. I was informed I could now get 73MB but would have not known otherwise.

That said, I generally have no issue at all with BT.

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Review: Google Nexus 4

Afflicted.John

Re: Supports the QI Standard

The branded charger is magnetised and angled - a significant step up in appearance and function over the Maxell and LG mats. To my mind the Google one is a surrogate desk stand....

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Afflicted.John
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Contract prices are not so bad

Now that the dust has settled, contract prices from CPW are not too bad at all. If you worked out a 24 month tariff on a reasonable O2 contract, there is little in it between SIM Free/GiffGaff and the contract. Certainly the Nexus 4 remains significantly better value for money over the S III.

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

Afflicted.John

Re: @Afflicted_john

The average person is not going to notice that straight away though, are they. The look and feel of the software in not substantially different, and that is my point. Whereas Sense vs TouchWiz vs Vanilla etc are all a different at the front end and more similar in the back.

Are you saying that if you put an Ativ next to a Lumia in the shop that you will notice straight way that the OS is different? I don't see how that is possible...

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Afflicted.John
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Re: either

You are totally missing the point. Fandroids care because Nokia makes fantastic phones. It is just simply that the software sucks (traditionally). Windows Phone is certainly a step up but even if you could get a 920 with Android, it would inherently be a Nokia. The look and design etc. All they need to do is skin it a little to differentiate further and you would have a hit on their hands to rival Samsung. Even replacing Roboto with the Nokia font would do the trick.

The key problem is that outside of the hardware design, you do not know know that the Lumia range are Nokia made. Take the screen out of the chassis and there is little difference between them and a Samsung Ativ or HTC because there is no flexibility in the WP design language. Fandroids may crave vanilla Android but the average user does not give a hoot.

It is clear that Samsung offering multiple OS platforms is not causing it any trouble. Nokia/Elop seem to run away from that concept when they could instead return to the top of the pile by embracing Android.

For what it is worth, I would buy a Nokia 820/920 in a heartbeat if I could get Jelly Bean on it.

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Re: Meh ...

The Nexus 4 is far from flimsy...unlike your assertions.

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