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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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From what I understand, Mr Haines is living in rural Spain. With the economy the way it is in Spain right now, I would bet local farmers are the way to go.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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That's cool

Keep people upgrading and I will buy their "old" TVs for pennies. My first big screen was a SD 60" rear projector (3 tubes) that I got for free. The one I have now is a 52" 1080i DLP I paid $100 for.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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What a Wookie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8RjPW4jsU

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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UPGRAYEDDED

Upgraydded my dads old Compaq laptop with Xubuntu from XP. He is 78, and he loves it.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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I don't really get this. How many cars drive around with a gigantic camera array on the roof? Unless it specifically has to say Google on it, as Microsoft has their own cars now.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Upgrayedd

A gentleman who goes by the name Upgrayedd. Which he spells thusly, with two D's, as he says, "for a double dose of this pimping". You see, a pimp's love is very different from that of a square.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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The sold a lot of 520s because you could buy one without contract for around $70 (less than 45£)

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

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

I am on 8 and have the 8 gadget pack installed. Security risk with gadgets probably is an issue, as I picked up an old, crusty, easily removable virus from one of the gadgets. I never get virii, so it was a surprise. I uninstalled all the gadgets, but once I figured out the offending gadget, I reinstalled them as I find them way more useful than live tiles.

8 has been just fine for me with Classic Shell installed. I only run it on desktop machines, so I don't know anything about wireless settings issues. My wife has been on linux (Kubuntu) for years, and when her old machine died, the new one came with Windows 7. I set her up dual boot, but she doesn't care for Windows. My father just had me replace XP on his own laptop with Xubuntu. He likes it a lot as his machine feels much faster now.

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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Re: Longevity

Second Life will be what Facebook ends up with after they have fully assimilated Oculus Rift.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: It depends on the distro...

I just switched my Dad's old laptop to Xubuntu. Pretty much all he did in XP was pictures, email, and web. He used Firefox, so it was trivial to move his profile over. The only issue he had was figuring out where to enter his wireless password. He loves that it boots faster, and that the machine "feels" faster than it did under XP.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: Trade not aid Hmm... aren't we missing the point here?

Hate to butt in, but I think the point of this article is pretty much getting lost and is....the following:

Give a (hu)man a fish and (s)he will eat for a day.

Teach a (hu)man how to fish and (s)he will eat for the rest of their lives.

A sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with.

Reminds me of Pratchett. "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Yet another Linux bore

Similar situation with my Dad's 10 year old laptop. He brought it up to me to install linux. I backed up all his data and settings to my NAS, and then wiped it and installed Xubuntu. It took me a bit longer than I thought due to problems getting broadcom drivers running. Once that was sorted, it went great. Mailed it back down to him. Took him an hour to figure out how to enter his wireless password, but once he did that, he liked it a lot. Runs smoother and faster than under XP, and since he was using Firefox before, all his browser stuff was just as it was before.

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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

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I used Air BnB

I used it a couple of years ago for a relatively cheap stay in Marin County for a week. I had a work related class in San Francisco, and I got them to wait on the return flight for a week, which I used for a vacation. Most hotels were north of $100 a night, and that might get you something with bedbugs. I stayed in Fairfax, California in a detached room with private bath at someone's house for $60 a night. They even supplied breakfast. I was able to spend a week hiking in the redwoods and on the beach a Pt Reyes.

I think the real problem is that people are using it to sublet apartments. For me though, it worked great.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=879EDBEEB27AD837!401&authkey=!AHoeuO6G9zP6LjI&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.JPG

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=879EDBEEB27AD837!403&authkey=!AKKw0KfYk9hrEPM&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.JPG

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Why replace what works?

I have a 52" 1080i Mitsubishi that I bought for next to nothing used. Been using it two and a half years now and still haven't had to replace the bulb. If I ever decide to replace it, it will be with another cheap used one.

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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Re: Depending on how many data points they have...

I think that's the point. Not enough data points for enough confidence. Since Super-Kario only detects electron neutrinos, the speculation is that interaction with the earth is transmogrifying a few the other types as they go through. With enough data, I would guess there would be a bell curve. I guess that's why they want to make a Hyper-Kario.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Yes, fear the wrath of Al Gore! Idiots

Sort of.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Performance_Computing_and_Communication_Act_of_1991

ARPANET was the real birth of IP communication, which preceded the internet. When I was in the military back around 1986, we had a node in our computer room. Periodically someone from BBN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBN_Technologies would call me to input some commands into the teletype. Later, when I was going to get out, the guy that I talked to wanted me to submit a resume and apply for a job. I didn't, and in retrospect, I wish I had.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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terminator

The Atari Portfolio is what young John Connor used in Terminator to hack the ATM.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Linux

I wonder how many will be switching to Linux? My dad has an older laptop and he only uses it for email and web. He is sending it to me to back up his data and convert the machine to linux. Probably Kubuntu or some other Ubuntu variant since it is what I am familiar with. Should work fine for his needs, and he won't need to spend a penny.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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I was hoping for dear leader to be immortalized this way.

http://news.techeye.net/assets/upload/jobsnk.jpg

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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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BBM

I have a work provided blackberry, and have had for years. A few years ago, a few of us used BBM. However, a couple of years ago the standard cell at work became the iphone. Once that happened, no one used BBM anymore. I am still on blackberry as the cellular company my phone is through never carried the iphone. They do now, and I would guess when my current phone is replaced they will replace it with an iphone. I know they want to get rid of the BES at some point.

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Got to admire them ...

Is it safe?

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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I would assume that Microsoft has Wifi location info, just like Google, as they have their own streetview cars. Microsoft's streetview has pretty decent coverage, considering the head start Google has had. Also, if you have a Windows 8 box, check out the maps preview app. Lots of cool high res 3d models in select areas. (It's still a beta)

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: Freetards

As far as I know, https://www.openstreetmap.org doesn't have ads.

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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Re: cannot get rid of it

Can you post a link of an image of what you are seeing? I don't have anything skydrive on my 8.1 system other than a tile for it in metro apps I can't get rid of. I deleted the directory it created under 8 originally, and nothing exists in desktop anywhere now. It's a shame though, because I liked it. I just won't allow Microsoft to control the credentials to my own machine, and with 8.1, the only way you can use it outside of a browser is to log into your machine with a microsoft account.

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Duck race

Just in case some of you don't know what this is. These are usually done as a fund raiser for a charity. They take thousands of ducks that have a unique number on them and dump them in the river. Some where downstream there is a net to catch them. The first duck to the net is the winner.

People pay a fee to "sponsor" a duck. If your duck is the winner you win a substantial prize, like a new car. To increase your chances you "sponsor" more ducks.

Example.

Duck Packages

• Lone Duck (1 Duck) $5

• Quack Pack (6 Ducks) $25

• Quacker Dozen (13 Ducks) $50

• V.I.D Very Important Duck

(28 Ducks) $100

2010 Winner's List

Sorry - No Million Dollar Winner

$10,000 Cash Prize -

One-year Carwash Pass ($980 value) from Guppy’s On The Go -

12 x 24 Poster Panel ($850 value) from LAMAR Advertising -

One-year Adult membership ($630 value) from Downtown YMCA -

One-year unlimited Carwash Pass ($595 value) from Sparkling Image Car Wash

Etc.

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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

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Re: The power source IS the problem!

Why do you think the scary Boston Dynamics robots use a noisy, smokey, two stroke engine for power?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: Donationware?

Not only that, how about ads for Adblock+, Noscript, Ghostery, etc?

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Google must be part of the Syndicate that's in cahoots with the aliens.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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running 28

I'm running version 28 and no problems that I have noticed. I like tabs, and the whole interface still looks pretty much what I always have used. I know I had to get in and mess with things a bit, a year or two ago, to have it display properly. But those settings have stuck through all those updates.

http://i.imgur.com/EM0q8hg.png

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

Yep, same here. I am usually 2-3 weeks behind. Have a huge stack of them next to the throne that I need to clear out.

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Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

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Re: 20 Embassy

Facebookers die younger

Facebooking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes

Facebooking causes fatal lung cancer

Facebooking when pregnant harms your baby

Protect children: don't make them breathe your Facebook

Your doctor or your pharmacist can help you stop Facebooking

Facebooking is highly addictive, don't start

Stopping Facebooking reduces the risk of fatal heart and lung diseases

Facebooking can cause a slow and painful death

Get help to stop Facebooking: [telephone]/[postal address]/[internet address]/consult your doctor/pharmacist

Facebooking may reduce the blood flow and cause impotence

Facebooking causes ageing of the skin

Facebooking can damage the sperm and decreases fertility

Facebook contains benzene, nitrosamines, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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As an American

My first computer was a Timex-Sinclair TS1500. Looked like a spectrum, but was gray, and was really a ZX81 with 16k built in. Paid $100 for it. I love the term, dead flesh keyboard. It describes it perfectly!

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

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Apparently you can't use play credit at the play store for hardware. So people of have gotten credit through promotions or deals are stuck using it on programs.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Just based on income alone (not profit), it would take 26 years to cover the cost of acquiring the company. Obviously the patents and potential data acquisition is worth a lot to google.

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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I don't get it

I know there are wealthy bastards with huge houses and multi-zone heating and cooling. Something like this may work and pay off for them. I have a single thermostat that is only used in the heating season. Kicks on at 6, turns back at 11 for sleep. I have a couple of times set for turn back in case someone manually turns it up, so it doesn't stay up all day. If we are out of the house for a few days, we turn it back and set the hold button. In the summer, it's window AC, so this would do nothing for me.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Re: Its almost as if Google wants Google+ to fail

Plenty of weasel words, so they can do anything with it. Provide/improve services can mean target advertising at you to make mo money.

3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: Ahhhhh

Aside from a mechanical adding machine, our first calc was a Casio mini. It could only show 6 digits at a time on a blue florescent display. If the answer was more than 6 digits, you could hit a button to display the other digits up to 12. I had forgotten about the Casio Fx81 until I saw the picture.

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: M Blowhard Now this is more like it.

Pipe bombs were a fad at my school 30+ years ago. Several of the farm kids would blow up old outhouses (shitters) with them.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

Cool, though the Burroughs I started out on was already obsolete when I was an operator on it. A B3500. Punch cards, head per track drives, and chain-train printer.

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Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

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IE and background ads

"The most recent post was from an individual who asked Microsoft "how hot is 'hot',” adding that his screen darkened while just surfing the web – in his words, "hardly graphically demanding.”"

Not graphically demanding, CPU demanding from a wide open IE browser allowing all that background advertising and tracking javascript cruft to run in the background.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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Re: Bullshit

And Google and Yahoo, etc, etc.

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

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Re: Can't be right.

Wikipedia says android too. And like another person said, it's bluetooth, so I suppose you can just turn that off and not be bothered.

"Compatible devices

iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s and later, iPad 3 and later, iPod touch 5, iPad mini)

Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.3 and later (Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One, Nexus 7 2013 edition, Nexus 4, HTC Butterfly, Droid DNA)"

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SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

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Re: An alternative

Aside from generating power with it, an ergometer sounds like it might work better than a treadmill, since it is fixed and you aren't bouncing all over the place. I personally can't stand treadmills, so when I go to the gym at work, I ride the ergometer. His issue with sweat would be an issue with me too. I would have a hard time slowing down enough to keep from sweating. I guess I'll just have to get exercise at my desk by wiggling my leg with the music I listen too.

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'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

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Pocket watch

Cell phones are the modern pocket watch. Once I got issued a phone at work, I quit wearing a watch. I think the reason behind lack of sales is that carrying a phone is good enough for most.

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The right time to drink coffee

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A 2 shot cappuchino at 6am, 4 or 5 teas during work, and another cappuchino after dinner (6pm), and another tea around 9pm.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Window name is different

I have some scripts I created to automate some tasks at work. They didn't work under IE11. After a small bit of troubleshooting, I found out they renamed the main browser window Internet Explorer when it used to be Windows Internet Explorer.

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

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http://squiish.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/jerk-google-glasses.gif

I wonder if it causing wearers to go cross-eyed?

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Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

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BB

My employer only does Jesus-phones and Blackberries, depending on network availability. Where I live, the carrier doesn't have Jesus-phones or the 10 Blackberries, so I carry a Curve. There aren't a whole lot of people here still carrying them, so not worth the effort to update the BES. That being said,the 2 year old Torch I carried got lost last week, so I was issued a new Curve. It works fine for me, and I like the fact of how small it is. Smaller than a Jesus-phone, and smaller than the old Torch. 7.1 OS seems ok to me, but all I do is phone, mail, and endomondo.

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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Grin and a wink.

I am assuming that Microsoft is still promoting Office and Outlook with a grin and a wink. Connecting to work exchange with outlook would go against their licensing guidelines, as would editing a spreadsheet or word document for work, unless you pony up for an additional license. I am guessing 99% of people that have the devices don't do that.

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