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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

Lallabalalla

Standards?

We've heard of them.

"The nice thing about standards is there are so many to choose from" :)

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

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Trollface

Re: Facebook

Easiest solution: save £££ by not buying a tablet, and get an A5 diary and a nice pen :)

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Re: It's also a phone!

Plus you can always just use a handsfree or headphones to avoid the channeling-Dom-Joly look.

One of those nifty bluetooth/plugin retro telephone handsets might be the thing!

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Meh

Re: Whither Nexus 8@ FartingHippo

You can send it away and have the battery done for £30 with a guarantee on the work.... worth a go at that price I'd have thought.

My current car - which I bought last year, and it's a bit of a dud and I'm pissed off with it - needs about £1200 of work doing to it (tyres, inlet manifold, cambelt) so I considered replacing it with something newer/nicer. But apart from the newer/nicer carrot, I'm thinking why trade in and spend an additional £8000 on a new (s/h, always) car so I can save £1200? Doesn't quite add up!

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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Overhyped iWatch?

I think the most hyped non-product has to be the Apple TV Set, after all the iWatch *may actually exist some day soon.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: I for one

Maybe you should give the iPhone's mail client another go. My wife's 5 has got a pop3, an M$ Exchange IMAP and a gmail (IMAP AFAIK) account all living together happily.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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If I had a semi-transaprent display

... I'd be able to see the fugly radiator which my telly currently hides rather well.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Pint

I'm not sure there *is a killer app for the smartwatch.

There might be - I'm not the person to dream it up, after all, back in the nineties I thought eBay was pants and would never catch on - channeling the guy who turned down the Beatles, there - so I'd love to be wrong. The best reason to own a smart watch so far is - as someone said - "to own a smart watch" :) Which means I may well get one, if I can resist the proper watch I've been thinking about (Seiko Sk009J, if you were wondering).

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Gimp

Re: Mundane, these days, includes home videos

Well, they may have fixed the memory management on the latest iMovie as it has changed a lot from the version that shipped with my original spec (pre mavericks). The problem with 4Gb ram was not running iMovie per se, it was when iMovie started up and tried to load my 8,000+ photos and 500Gb of movie files into the asset browser, and when trying to flip through these assets to find the bits I wanted to use.

Perhaps 8Gb would have sorted it, but when I asked the shop to upgrade it to 8Gb they actually put *an extra* 8Gb in, making 12Gb in total. That fixed it :)

Still, YMMV.

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Gimp

Mundane, these days, includes home videos

and I seriously question whether 8gb ram is up to the task of running iMovie - I've got an old-ish (3.5yrs I think, i3 processor) iMac and it was just unworkable until I upped it to 12Gb. Even then, I swapped out the HDD for a 1Tb item and it's amazing the difference a slower-than-the-original disk has made - and not in a good way :(

Anyway, if my new iMac shipped with iMovie (and it will) and my new iMac couldn't actually *run* iMovie, or even be made to, I'd be pissed off.

I love our iMac, because I no longer come home to half an hour of tech support duties every night - but I won't be replacing it with the cheap one.

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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FAIL

Google shot in foot?

Isn't there a case for telling Google to shove it, and then uploading your own "bootleg" "unofficial" versions "fast and first" anyway, from some proxy name and address? Huh?

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Tell google to sling it?

I thought the point was that they CAN'T do that, because Google will just allow world+dog to upload "unofficial" versions ("first and fast"):

"Once you cannot upload your official versions, then you are dealing with endless crappy, low quality lyrics videos that are often monetized by someone else if not policed properly. And, usage patterns show that everyone goes to those videos if the official video isn’t uploaded fast and first."

Read the article, at least!

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You'll never believe it: Apple stock is going for CHEAP

Lallabalalla

Voldemort did this already

Apple stockholders are only going to be in trouble if somebody kills Nagini.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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aldehydes, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen-containing pyridines and pyrazines

nomnomnom

I'll have bacon instead thanks :)

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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FAIL

2 weeks?

Because that's about how long the shine will last on the S5 before the next android must-have comes along. So desperate. So off-putting.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Reducing CO2 emissions?

We haven't reduced CO2 emissions. They've gone UP quite markedly since all industry does is trade off their emissions against the carbon-scheme equivalent of tax avoidance.

Cutting ordinary car emissions won't help. It hasn't helped, so no citation needed.

The biggest 15 supercargo ships put out the same crap as all the world's cars *put together*. Stop that, first. At the same time, stop making the plastic rubbish that fills these container ships, and the problem is likely sorted overnight.

At which time I'd like to stop being hassled by the car-haters AND I'd like my PROPER LIGHTBULBS back.

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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

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Re: reason Apple scoops so much of the industry's profit

No it's you talking complete rubbish. My 2nd gen iPod and 4yr old iphone4 are still running like new. I don't need iOS7 apps because I have 6, or 5 and the legacy apps are fine on the legacy system.

Next you'll be moaning that your windows8 surface won't read your floppy disks. Or not.

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Re: reason Apple scoops so much of the industry's profit

...so, Apple are better at capitalist business practices than anyone else. We knew that, it's patently obvious. What's your point - you hate capitalism? Go live in Cuba. Because the alternatives are *such* a success.

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Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

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Thumb Up

Re: More time on the Homefront ??

Based on the people I know in the industry, saying nothing to nobody is the hardest thing in the world. I wish they'd all take a leaf out of her book and just STFU :)

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

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Gimp

Re: Media Streamers

I've been thinking the same thing. £99 is a small price to pay for *not* having to dick around with 3rd party software that doesn't really work anyway, after a lot of effort on my part that I would rather put into opening a beer or walking the dog with the kids.

But now, the thing that's stopping me is that since getting what sounds like the same TV as you have, the kids discovered the BlinkBox app there on the app screen, and they have everything we have wanted to watch (so far) at half the price of anything from Apple. So what with the catch-up apps there on the same screen, I have to wonder what's the point?

I could look at my own photos and videos, I guess. But so far far we've been quite happy to sit round the iMac for that - the 21.5" screen is nice enough. I'd have a TV box as a present though...but it could really do with decent PVR controls. I gather they're a bit basic atm.

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TalkTalk's catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog

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I'd be more interested if...

somebody had finally complained that TalkTalk's broadband offering is so slow and flaky that watching TV - esp. hi-def - is virtually impossible most of the time.

TalkTalk - Worst.ISP.Ever. IMHO :)

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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All this proves is that TVs are TOO BIG

No-one should have a screen larger than 46". They should just stop making bigger ones.

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Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

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Boffin

ALL smoke alarms operate that way

And I know this for a fact, becuase I have had every smoke alarm ever made... OK not quite, but I've had lots over the years and every one *without exception* will stop beeping if you wave a teatowel/newspaper/any kind of fan under it after you've burnt the toast. So waving your hand is a natural thing to do to shut the thing up.

My current alarm (one of them) is wirelessly hooked into the house alarm system so if it goes off we get a call from an operator within 20 seconds. If there's no response, or we shout "Holy Crap Call The Fire Service" at them, they call the fire service. That's connected enough for me, but it does rely on the phoneline being up, since I didn't stump for the control unit with the 3G connection in it.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Facepalm

"We already redistribute wealth by taxing the rich"

HAHAHHAHAHAH now I *know* this article is a troll.

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

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Unhappy

"older users find actions like pinching, tapping, double-tapping and swiping confusing"

Citation needed. As a 58 yr old snr developer currently doing mobile, I don't seem to have a problem. My wife's dad is 83, he seems to cope fairly well. Older than what, exactly? Time itself?

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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It wasn't just plusnet

BT Infinity was stupidly slow last night - so slow in fact that speedtest.net stalled out halfway through and wouldn't complete a run. When it showed anything, it showed peaks of around 1.1Mb - average about a third of that at best, with lots-o-nothin (tm) in between :(

Roll on the cable guys - they're coming on Monday...

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Joke

All this bacon talk - Won't somebody think of - the beer!?

And I have it good authority that, according to chemistry, alcohol IS a solution.

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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Gimp

It seems there's no fix for my iPhone4

as it still has iOS6 on it, and it will be sold with it on (at a premium I suspect) when the 6 comes out and I get one. (If I don't get a Galaxy 5 that is. Or a Heuwei ?!?). I have been steadfastly ignoring the iOS7 "update" since it first appeared as I have no intention of converting my perfectly serviceable phone into a laggy, power-hungry partially non-functioning brick, thank you very much.

IMO the 4 & 4S should NEVER have been pushed iOS7. It's been written off elsewhere as a cynical ploy to get otherwise happy Apple owners to fork out for new hardware when it really wasn't needed.

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

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Gimp

If it goes wrong...

The short answer is, don't buy it from Apple. Buy it from your local friendly certified reseller (I could name a very good one in North London - no affiliation...) and they will happily pick it up, fix it and deliver back PDQ, free of charge. They may even have loan machines (I have *no idea if this is true but it wouldn't surprise me). NB They will do this even if you DIDN'T buy it from them. If it's Apple + Applecare (ie in warranty) then no problem.

Stand in line at an Apple Store? Actual LOL!

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Gimp

Final Cut Pro X?

I thought this was now a dead-in-the-water amateurs-only "app"? There's SO many youtube vids deriding it.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: The Turtle Moves!

They still do, kinda - on a windows laptop, using drag n drop building blocks of logic - in year three.

My [now 8yr old] has since moved on to playing with string concatenation/interleaving and basic calculators using the cheapest tools of all: javascript and a text editor, and a browser.

He thinks building a simple addition calculator was very cool - and was amazed by a loop that printed out something 10,000 times :)

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Humax freeview box

I have the old SD one which still gets used for SD broadcasts - I've been wanting the HD YouView one for some time as being HUMAX it's probably the best of them - but what's put me off is not the price, it's the many many crappy reviews on Amazon, which make it sound like a far inferior product to my old SD one. 3 minute startup time? Yeesh.

So I bought a Sammy "smart" TV and it has all the player apps anyway. So who needs it?

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Windows

David Eycke! David Eycke knows the answer

Somebody should put them in touch.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going

+1 for having been "an actor in a fish museum" :)

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: Would it be too much...Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin's boss Wilson got the other third of the Nobel, in fact. Franklin had been dead 4 years and it's not awarded posthumously, I believe.

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

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"not covered by Applecare"

Hmm. Applecare claims to be for all device hardware, and I've never had a hardware problem that wasn't covered. If it were me I would be in contact with head office PDQ quoting their T&Cs at them and I bet it'd get fixed. "Geniuses" they ain't.

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Re: “The spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen are predicted to be identical"

And another! Sorry did I Bohr you? Haha stopit you ar slaying us etc

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Re: “The spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen are predicted to be identical"

Haha two thumbs down? Who do you think you are, Einstein and Schroedinger?

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Lallabalalla

“The spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen are predicted to be identical"

Really? The spectra of anything depends on quantum theory. They could equally be utterly different. Or similar enough but instead of emitting light could be emitting anti-light ie this dark energy they are always banging on about.

It could even be that an electron jumping to an outer orbit gains dark energy from an anti-electron jumping to an inner orbit and somehow converts it to light energy when it jumps inward again.

It's also possible that dark energy and light energy are the same apart from our perception of it since nothing has any properties at all until it is measured in some way.

Usually I prefer to say hang the sense of it. I never got an award for Norway but I'd rather be happy than right any time.

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Re: What's with that?

Spectroscopy depends on the jumping of electrons from outer to inner orbits (releasing energy ie light packets in different wavelengths), and magnetism affects this behaviour.

FYI The fact that light can be released in a non-continuous packet (or quanta) AND have a continuous wavelength is the stuff of quantum theory.

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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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Re: sapphire glass scratches ?

Check the (Seiko) spec. Could be "Hardlex" which I don't think is quite the same thing.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: It looks like NO ONE ever audited X Windows

"a programmer that spends ages thinking about the problem then codes a solution that turns out to be a g'awful mess that takes ages to fix" -??

I could name quite a few of those, believe me!

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Lallabalalla

Re: It looks like NO ONE ever audited X Windows

Yeah, but "client libraries trusted servers to send valid data" ! That is SUCH a schoolboy error. Literally.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Trollface

the term 'rejected' can easily be taken out of context here and escalate

..., especially on social media channels. Channels like The Reg? Which specialises in taking things out of context? #justsayin

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: iWatch ? I cannot believe

" Tissot make a model with thermometer, compass and barometer which is indistinguishable from a a normal 3-hand wristwatch; touching the face at 12, 3, 6,or 9 causes the hands to display that information instead of the time."

Wish I could afford one of those!

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Re: When I were a lad ...

I still have one, and am getting another soon as I quite fancy a diver's style watch (Seiko SK007 or similar) as I like the idea of actual clockwork, er, clocks. Never needs a battery, self-winding, and surprisingly accurate. Not as accurate as my solar-powered quartz seiko which doesn't need batteries either, but within a minute or two is good enough for me.

Now then, that "designer's impression" picture: It's round. OK. So who has a perfectly round wrist? Nobody. Fail...

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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

Lallabalalla

Don't care about "surveillance"

DO care about being relentlessly spammed.

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Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

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FAIL

Re: The ipad's big fail

I regularly "carry" 10s of Gb of docs and music around in this funny little app called Dropbox.

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

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Re: An upgrade?????? You're joking right?

Or you could just add an SD card adaptor, and give yourself - you know - removable storage.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: @Philip Storry

Where's a link for that, then. Accordng to Apple you do it through the app store. There's no link on their website that I can find.

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