* Posts by chipxtreme

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

chipxtreme

My previous property had FTTC and when I moved a couple months back to a town that has fibre and noticed a cabinet at the bottom of the street was looking forward to receiving it again. But no, turns out half the street is ran from that cabinet and the other half (my half) is ran from another cabinet, probably the only one in town that isn't fibre enabled.

Been in touch with Digital Durham and I have to wait 18 months minimum before it will be upgraded. Needless to say i'm looking to move again can't live on 12mb/0.5mb after being used to 76mb/15mb

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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If the EE contract ends next year why are they closing now? I haven't been in a phones4u store for a long time but the last time I was in there, they had plenty of pay as you go phones, tablets and other stuff for sale so i'm sure they could at least run for the next year and try and diversify further to keep the business viable. Sad thing is one of the lasses from my place left to start a job at phones4u today, hopefully our place will giver her her job back.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Probably increasing the price so that the next Apple v Samsung court case they can claim $3 billion in damages for lost earnings - from people that would never buy an iphone in the first place anyway.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

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WTF! This is similar to the buttons on my samsung tv and many other tv's. Putting them on a laptop does not make it a new idea or anything patentable. Just how stupid are the patent office?

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SanDisk flashes better-than-expected results. Right, let's upend our biz model

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Its probably from all the scrypt miners buying the pulse 64GB model as its usually the cheapest ssd for mining.

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

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Don't they blacklist the IMEI over in America like they do here in the UK?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

chipxtreme

I agree with you to a degree. Personally I prefer a larger phone. I currently have a Note 3 which I think is a bit too big and a Nexus 5 which is the optimum size for a smartphone but in trying to get a half decent phone for my brother if you wanted a decent spec it would be a bigger phone but he didn't want a big phone. In the end went with Huawei Y300 with a 4" screen which while isn't the fastest phone is excellent value for money and not too bad. If I was buying him one now would probably get this for him though.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

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All patents sound like the typical load of horse $hit, but apple gets away with it all the time so got zero sympathy. They won't be able to write Judge Koh and cheque for this one

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Like Sheep! above i'm also on 3 which offers unlimited data and tethering. I don't need to bother checking how much data i'm using and so far have experienced the fastest network speeds on 3 compared to any other provider.

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TWO THIRDS of Retina iPad mini shoppers will weep this holiday season

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Re: get in there quick, limited stock

They must be. They intentionally limit stock for every release and the iSheep still fall for it.

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

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They had to go "retina", the original ipad mini's screen was an embarrassment.

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

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Re: Standard for 6 months?

So i'm guessing you have never seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which has a USB 3 socket on the bottom then

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BSkyB profit knocked by BT footie struggle and O2 broadband costs

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Re: @Homer1

"Watching TV on the internet

You need to be covered by a licence if you watch TV online at the same time as it's being broadcast on conventional TV in the UK or the Channel Islands. "

If you only watch catch up tv then no license is required. Can you even watch live tv over the internet?

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Apple hires streaming vid bloke: Nurse, the corpse of Apple monster telly is twitching again

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Re: Back in time

I used to upgrade my phone every year back when networks did 12 month contracts. In fact still do change every year but these days stick to 12 months sim only plans and buy phone outright

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Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

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Re: Hacked?

Semantics, it was bypassed so effectively made useless.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Facepalm

Article needs updating to reflect what we now know to be the case. Its effectively a non-issue for the average Joe. Until I knew exactly the ramifications of this sticker I was annoyed. As I only buy unlocked handsets anyway and usually stay in UK its not in the slightest bit relevant to me as if I did want to go to a non-uk country, their sim cards would work in my phone as the region lock would of been removed the second I put my 3 UK sim in the phone.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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Re: Which fab are Apple using?

The 64bit ARMv8 core's that the A7 chip uses is licensed from ARM. Samsung don't need to "copy" Apple because they will do the same as every other ARM licensee and license the cores for use in future Exyonis SOC's or use whatever Snapdragon chip also uses ARMv8 cores. You clearly are a moron.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Why don't they just trademark every letter in the alphabet and sue everyone for writing.

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Three's UK mobile network goes down on unlucky northerners

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Mine is working fine at home, but then again i've got a Home Signal box, but I did notice earlier when I was out that there was no signal but strangely was receiving messages through Facebook. I'm in the North East England

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

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Vodafone is practically just a 2G service where I live so switched to 3 where I regularly get anywhere up to 20mb. I don't think there 4G service would be any better.

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

chipxtreme

Translated: Apple are American, f^&* you foreigners!

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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Just when you think the apple patents can't get any worse, along comes this. I'm sure some cars already do this sort of thing already. I remember reading a few years back about one car adjusting various factors depending on which key you use as they are programmed to an individual. This is just plain stupid

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Hackers crack femtocells to pwn then clone phones

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Oh dear, I have a 3 and EE femtocell at my house as I live near a main road and the builders put a nice barrier between my house and road to help block the noise, but in reality it just blocks mobile phone signals.

The 3 one you have to register phone numbers on to use so I've had to register a few of my friends numbers with 3 for when they come round but the EE one is open to anyone.

Should I be worried?

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BT: Ofcom's planned wholesale price cap? Just a smidge too tight

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I live in a 5 year old house on a 6 year old estate but the cabinet that serves it is quite old. We luckily got fibre a couple of months back after the exchange having it for a good 18 months. My daughters aunty lives in a brand new house on a brand new estate and BT have installed an old style copper cabinet to serve the new estate even though their exchange is fibre enabled and there's a fibre cabinet 1/4 mile up the road.

It will probably be years before they get fibre as BT won't install it until there's a decent enough customer base to get their money back and as the estate won't be finished for about 2 years+

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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I hope Apple have paid Amazon's legal fees for the time wasted with this nonsense.

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Vodafone set to splurge £2.5 MEELLION a DAY building 4G network

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Considering Vodafone's 3G network is rubbish at best where I live, half the places I go I was stuck on G or E speeds which is useless for anything but texts/calls and who uses there phone for that these days I have very little faith that their 4G will be any better. Switching to 3 who admittedly has poor CS but excellent 3G speeds.

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Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: Samsung plays Intel against ARM

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Sorry Samsung but my next tablet will have an ARM chip inside.

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'Momentous year' for TalkTalk as it surges from 3rd place to, er, 4th

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Well they'll have one more fibre customer this Wednesday as my cabinet is finally ready 18 months after my exchange was enabled.

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

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I'm with TalkTalk and get just short of 12mbs. Our exchange was FTTC enabled about 18 months ago, but never bothered with the cabinet that services us. We finally got an enabled date of 31/3/2013 and at the end of January they started fitting the cabinet and bit by bit I saw them blowing the fibre in and then they dug up the road to get power to it. Been very little action on it for past month but now the enablement date has gone to 31/3/2014!!!! WTF!

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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WTF?

I pay £24.12 to Sky a month for every channel and because of this i'm forced to pay the BBC £12.12 a month.

I've checked the planner and not one thing recorded or due to be recorded are on any BBC channel. The only thing I like to watch on the BBC is Top Gear which is about 7 hours a year.

I never watch TV live as I prefer recording stuff and watching later so I can fast forward through the adverts. I don't think its fair that I should be forced to pay 50% of what I pay to sky for a couple of tv channels I never watch.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

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I've got a Lexar 32GB Class 10 in my S3, no issues at all and had it in phone almost since launch :)

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Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'

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WTF?

What and all the nonsense lawsuits that Apple keep filing are good for shareholders?

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

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Holmes

Re: Amazing to think ...

Well not every pixel obviously and I think you mean is a star.

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BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

chipxtreme

My exchange was enabled late 2011, I live about 1.5 mile from exchange and can't get infinity. Noone could tell me when or if my cabinet would ever be enabled so I contacted my local MP and she wrote to them. They wrote back saying it will be enabled by 31st March 2013, so let's see if they do.

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Apple to upgrade to '5G WiFi' this year?

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FAIL

Its 5G as in 5Ghz not 5G as in 5th Generation

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iPhone tops US market, but trounced by Android in world+dog

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WTF?

Re: Android phones running 2.3 still being sold

Actually your 3GS runs a cut down version of ios 6 compared to the version that is on the iphone 5.

I've got two really old android phones here which while officially will never go higher than the 2.3.7 they were supplied with, they both are running cyanogenmod 4.1.2 which has transformed the phones.

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Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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WTF?

700mhz single core but has 2GB ram? Something not right there.

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Boffin: Android's on-board malware scanner utterly FAILS

chipxtreme

Having owned quite a few Andoid phones and two tablets since introduction starting with 2.0 I believe was my first device and 4.2.1 which runs on my nexus 7 I can honestly say I've not had a single bit of malware on any of my Android devices. I think all the people that claim to of been attacked by malware have probably downloaded a pirated app from a dodgy website infected with it. As i've never ran a dodgy app on any of my devices it could explain why i've never been infected.

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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Religion in 2 letters

BS

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Taito's Double Dragon

chipxtreme

Elbow'ing your way through was a little bit harder in DD2 as the button combo changed depending on which way you were facing, or was that DD3? Used to love this game, for 10p you got all the way to the end, these days arcade games are £1-2 a go and usually after a minute or two they want that again.

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Trollface

I got mine from Tesco with a 10% off coupon so only paid £180 anyway but might as well try my luck for the £25 voucher. Nothing to lose and to be fair not fussed either way it was a bargain at £180.

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iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies

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Re: Irony

I'd love them to be bought out by Samsung, that would be so funny. Just as long as they put the prices up on supplying screens to apple.

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Big cell towers now outnumbered by briefcase-sized jobs

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I've got one on 3 as I get no coverage where I live and I had to pay £50 for the box, but then again i'm only on the £6.90 sim only plan and the £50.50 I get from Topcashback will of paid for the box so i'm happy.

I asked about what happens to my data allowance when i'm connected to the box that uses my broadband connection and they said as it still routes through 3's servers then it still comes out of my allowance so i'll still be doing the big downloading using my home wifi.

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Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

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Some people just like the challenge of cracking something that is supposedly uncrackable. My guess is this is why it was cracked and the fact they kept quiet of it for 2 years sort of proves it.

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

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WTF?

I personally hope he doesn't get extradited because he committed a crime in the UK so deserves to be tried here using UK laws. However saying that all this can't be extradited from health reasons we have heard from him and in the case of the hook handed sub-human are just ridiculous. If you commit a crime you deserve the consequences.

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Chip strip reveals 'handmade' Apple A6

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WTF?

Re: Samsung

crApple would hardly bankrupt Samsung. All these lawsuits are trying to achieve is to block the biggest mobile phone maker in the world who they are losing market share to. Rather pathetic really.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

chipxtreme

I have a Samsung fridge freezer 4 years old, Samsung 55" 3D TV 2.5 years old, Samsung 32" LED TV 2 years old, Samsung 32" LED TV 1 year old, Samsung 3D blu ray player 2 years old, a Samsung laptop 18 months old and a Samsung Galaxy S 3. I've owned quite a few Samsung phones over the years, D500, D600, D900, E900, i8910 Omnia HD, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus and I think I've even owned a Samsung camera in the past which I sold. My mother has a Samsung LCD 32" TV which is 3 years old and my brother has a Samsung LCD 32" TV that is probably 6 years old. I've also had various Samsung internal and external hard drives over the years too.

The freezer section of my fridge freezer did fail within the first year of ownership but Samsung were quick to send an engineer out to replace a part and it has been fine since. The only other problem i've had is the dog chewing through the laptop charging lead which meant I had to buy a new charger but that wasn't Samsung's fault. Statistically speaking from my own personal experience and YMMV but Samsung has been very reliable for me and I can safely say my next TV will be a Samsung and my next phone will more than likely be a Samsung Galaxy S 4 unless another Android phone comes out that is better.

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chipxtreme

Samsung don't make the screen's in the 4S you tool

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Even slimmer PS3 out next week

chipxtreme

I already have a slim PS3 and IMHO the price on the new one is not realistic. The 12GB model should be closer to the XBOX 4GB model for it to sell. I know I won't be getting the super slim like I did going from fat to slim previously.

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