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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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"We’re always looking to create highly evolved experiences,” said Kalanick. “It’s sexy and interesting and fun for our users.”

Really? A highly evolved experience?

If you find it sexy, interesting and fun? Maybe the socially inept might get a kick out of it.

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: No EU, less cover

However, the hardest thing is to actually convince the retailer you are trying to get money off, or return an item to, that you actually know your consumer rights.

Then there is the small problem of the retailer actually knowing what his obligation to you is. Even with my Law degree I have spent many a time pointing out my rights to a blank expression.

For instance I returned a chocolate dessert to Tesco the day after I opened it, tasted it and found the cream had gone off. Returning to the shop I was asked for the receipt which I did not have and asked to prove I bought the product from Tesco. Incidentally it was branded as a Tesco product on the label.

Then I was told I could not return it without the receipt, rubbish! After few minutes my demand to see a manager coerced them into giving me a refund, 99p.

Incidentally I returned a JVC TV to Comet, had it 1 month and the repair man had called 3 times and put the wrong part into it. Still didn't work. True!

Comet policy was to repair and not refund until I took direct action and took the thing back to the Comet store and left it on the floor between the two automatic doors sat on it and told every customer who went in not to buy a TV from Comet.

The manager was very sympathetic when I told him my woes, to get rid of me he swapped the JVC for a new Sony.

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Wir streiken! German Amazon workers down tools

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Germans go on strike?

No, you mean the Gastarbeiter or roughly and very loosely translated as 'cheap labour workers from Eastern Europe'.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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I have keyless entry on a Ford Focus.

To open the car I put my hand on the door handle.

To lock the doors I touch the door handle lightly with my hand/thumb/finger.

To start the car I sit in it and press a button.

I can program it to open just one door or all the doors.

I can lock all the doors when inside by pressing one button.

How on earth would I save any more time? Perhaps a micro second of a micro second?

Start the car perhaps while I am walking towards it? Waste of fuel.

If I lose the key fob I still have my phone to call for help.

If I lose my phone I can still drive home.

If only they came up with some kind of iTraffic management that when activated moved every other car on the road out of the way, now that would be something.

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: Genius!

it will be like wearing a pair of handcuffs

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: Yosemite

My thoughts exactly, I'll give it at least a week and let some other bu**er do the beta testing.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: But the good news...

There will be a new rule, under a different name that will circumvent it.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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1 Million hey,

Population of the world 7.1 billion

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Apologise

For the awful album

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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Re: I don't think I want to play with the Americans any more.

Do you really think the Americans are playing on their own?

It's a fairly level playing field because they are all doing it to a greater or lesser extent. It just that the U.S. has a bigger budget.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Re: ...or what it might look like.

A laptop replacement

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: and 50 cents

"Mr O’Rourke was employed in one of our internal firm services offices. The firm terminated his employment after an internal investigation concluded that Mr O’Rourke violated PwC’s ethical standards and practices, applicable to all of our people. The firm has explicit policies regarding employee conduct, we train our people in those policies, and we enforce them. Mr O’Rourke’s violation of these policies was the sole reason for his termination."

Translation:

"We're not going to lose a 30 million quid contract over that one little fc*ker!"

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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The Government spokesman stated:

"Our study has found there is absolutely no correlation between the increase in air rage violence over the past six months and the unlimited use of mobile phones on aircraft.

We have also found no evidence related to mobile phone use during air travel and the increase in surgery to remove mobile phones from the rectum.

With regards to the number of passengers randomly falling from the sky, there is no evidence to suggest it is anything but suicide and it is coincidental that a mobile phone was found next to the body in every instance."

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Apple nurses HealthKit apps back to life, discharges iOS 8.0.2

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I will let others beta test the update before I commit....

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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In the US this theory is borne out by the increasing number of workplace shootings.

Don't worry about the IT, worry about the employee who turns up to work with an assault rifle.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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For their next trick....

A square wheel.

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: Man who predicts

Not the best way to charge the new iPhone 6.

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Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet

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BufferRage

Oxford Dictionary Definition:

The emotional consequences of buying into the lies of EE broadband and finding out later that 'unlimited internet' means severe traffic management at the most important times.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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No doubt some enterprising staff will attempt to sell the stock from the street corner to ensure they make up their minimum wage that they have not been paid.

I wouldn't blame them.

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

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? @squilookie

'I'm in the market for a SIM free, unlocked phone that gets updates directly from the manufacturer.'

You've not heard about the iPhone then?

You can even buy then Sim free is you want.

I buy the phone, yes it is expensive but I change the phone every year, selling the old one which has superb resale value. I get at least 60% of the original outlay back especially as the phone is looked after and in nearly new condition.

The Sim only deal I have costs me less than £250 a year.

No having to wait two years to upgrade and all updates are on time and free. Add the cost of the phone into the equation I save a fair bit of money in the long term.

Android phones don't have that sort of second hand value

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

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Re: You'd never get that kind of problem with a Toyota

Really?

If I recall correctly they have had a number of recalls, something to do with the brrrraaaaaaaaakessssss!

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Square watches

Still not acceptable, round watch please Mr Ive, that doesn't need charging for a month.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Rough with the smooth

Most performers want adoration, swarms of fans and people to keep telling them how wonderful they are.

Unfortunately if honesty were to prevail we may comment on their drug use, the poor choice of outfit at the awards ceremony, their bad behaviour, the drink driving ban, being caught with a prostitute in a car, racist remarks being made etc etc etc.

In the real world life is different to the bubble most of these performers live in.

No wonder Google has so many right to be forgotten requests.

They are one dimensional people in a three dimensional world.

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Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

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Re: Games are more like movies than software business

Yes and after they have made 5 sequels people stop going to see them and they go straight to video, which no one buys.

Next we will probably have remakes............ Even worse.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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The contract

Chapter 5, paragraph 8, section 234.96

It is compulsory to have sex with me at least 22 times a week.

Chapter 5, paragraph 8, section 234.97

It is compulsory to satisfy my every deviant need.

Chapter 5, paragraph 8, section 234.98

It is compulsory to bring me to an orgasm 98% of the time.

Chapter 5, paragraph 8, section 234.99

Alcohol will be strictly forbidden.

Come on, they'll never find anyone with these onerous contract conditions will they.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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@MacroRodent

Well the answer to that is someone designed it, several decided it was a good idea, more decided it would work and agreed to release it.

Who should we blame? Are they still in a job?

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Slightly different when used in a fighter jet

However, if a prolific texter uses the device, every other minute a message will pop up distracting the driver, firstly to read the message and then to reply because it will be impossible the ignore.

Add in the use of the sat-nav a passenger and a phone call?

How long before the device is banned or a driver runs into someone.

Safety is not the devices main selling point.

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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Using their initiative....

Not something you'd hear headlining about Android phones, no resale value.

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Germany

Germany is regulated to the n'th degree. Everything has a rule. Having lived in the country for a great many years rules include,

No hanging washing out on a Sunday

Mowing the lawn to be undertaken not after certain times, not on Sundays

No barbecues on balconies

Dogs are not allowed to bark after 9pm (sign on farming village notice board)

No car washing outside your house, only in designated car washes (Kries Holzminden)

Fail the driving test 3 times you will have to attend the 'idiots school'

Winter tyres compulsory on a specific date in October

A fine if you shout at, abuse or stick your fingers up to another motorist

Recycling inspectors look in bins

Weed killer banned

You are responsible for the pavement (snow) outside your house

Every aspect of life has a rule so you know exactly where you stand, not only do the police enforce these rules but your neighbours will willingly tell on you 'Anzeigen' or report you to the authorities. It's in their DNA and psyche.

The Germans will eventually allow the app, but only when they have thoroughly legislated for it.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Re: A tax on the terminally stupid

Not stupid.

Just desperate.

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Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

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If he catches them..... And he will.....

Expect a significant stay in Hotel Gulag

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: The full monty

Just been on holiday for a week. When you are on an all inclusive it is criminal not to get your money's worth of food during breakfast.

My usual breakfast of porridge was substituted for a full cooked extreme breakfast every day.

4 rashers of bacon

3 sausages

3 eggs

2 Hash browns ( American addition)

1 ladle of Beans

4 grilled half tomatoes

2 halves fried bread

4 toasts

2 ladles of mushrooms

1 black pudding

Tea

I have no idea what the calorific value of this was over 7 days but I felt I had value for money.

It is a relief to be back on porridge.

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

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I feel a little better now I know it's not just the UK who are masters of the great IT balls up.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Re: Ahh I see....

Nigeria, heart of world scams....

Deer Sir,

I is the acclaimed gentilmen to dispose of the estate of our eminant business person Mr U R Ripoff.

I have $200000000000 to deposit in you account. Please send small cheque for £500 to inherits said monies.

Your expectantly,

Mr W.E. Sawyoucoming

Cutting the heads off would be more appropriate.

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

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Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA

International Law?

As with all Despotic Democracies they choose what to follow and what to ignore.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Lucky you

I had a similar experience with Dell, 2 years 4 days ( extended 2 year warranty ) screen went black GeForce card died though overheating. Incidentally, they brought out a bios update that made the fan work harder.

What I didn't realise was in the USA this was a known problem and some people had the card replaced out of Dell even if it was out of warranty.

Anyway Dell said tough luck to me so I bought a new model of the XPS. This time it was the software, it never liked the hardware. Reboot, reboot, reboot... Even worse, it just didn't like 3rd party software.

After 9 month I went and bought into Apple. Not only can Do I have OSX, but I can run windows with parallels. Best of both worlds.

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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

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Surprised there has been no vitriolic outbursts on here that usually accompanies this kind of headline when Apple are perceived to be at fault.

Instead we have apologists trying to excuse the actions of the corporation.

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Cyber-Senate's cyber-security cyber-law cyber-scares cyber-rights cyber-fighters

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@veti

"only applies if the supplying firm has evidence that the user is a US citizen"...

Which means the rest of the world is fair game as far as they are concerned.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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@Gene Cash

'And I hear 4.4.4 is coming to the Moto G in a couple months, so I'm glad I don't have to throw it away and buy a new phone.'

I love your optimism you happy smiley person you. Your depression will be all the greater when they don't deliver.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Maybe

Instead of asking you to turn it on and turn if off again they should check all those 3rd party chargers that have a tendency to explode.....

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Re: Looks more like...

Can't see any powder around the nose... So it can't be her can it?

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Having lost 4 suitcases over the years it will make no difference to me what the baggage handlers have done to it.

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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They reap what they sow, 12 years of Labour meddling in education and 4 years of inaction by the Conservatives coupled with intransigent teaching staff who are not up to standard.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

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We ALL know who has the patent on this one, don't we!

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Not something I wanted to read eating breakfast this morning

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Half a meellion euros stolen in week-long bank smash 'n' grab

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Yes but then it is up to the customer to prove they have not been negligent in revealing their passwords.

The presumption of course is that the bank is not at fault.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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My car

Parks itself, tells me if I am about to hit another vehicle, applies the brakes if I don't, calls the emergency services when I crash........

So WHY is it so difficult to produce a Kettle that turns on the tap and fills itself and then makes the best cup of tea in the world, a toaster that visits the bread bin, picks up a couple of slices and toasts it to perfection because the artificial intelligence knows how I like it, a knife that spreads butter and then marmite without leaving crumbs or butter behind.

Finally a plate that washes itself.

Is this too much to ask?

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: As a niche device owner....

Well put.

If it has 'In-App' purchases I ignore them.

The worst offenders are devs that allow you play the games but when you get to a certain level it is impossible to progress fairly without buying something extra especially when they target children's games.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Re: After-effects

I spent an entire flight to Sydney playing it on a Nintendo thingy, then spent the entire flight back dreaming about it.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Raising money for Help the Hero's is reason enough.

Now that he is on it, in 60 days he will have to get off it.

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