* Posts by imaginarynumber

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Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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Erm... W10M does have sat-nav.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: Microsoft support will get buried tonight...

Tried to upgrade my Vaio Z11.

Used the system tray upgrade icon. A couple of hours later it told me that I had a DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. Eventually rolled back to 7.

Now the icon tells me that my machine is not compatible and invites me to view the compatibly report, which, erm has a big tick and tells me that I am good to go...

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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

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Re: I hear a very small violin playing...

"There are virtually no moving parts on an iPhone. The only thing that can go wrong is the user mistreating it. 100% of the time"

Jesus wept.

Who told you that? Timmy?

And new devices are new regardless of in house testing. They are new because they have not been (or the components used therein) owned by other members of the public.

Regarding refurb units being more reliable than "new" products- can you explain why they often have shorter warranties? If they are more reliable then shouldn't they have equal or longer warranties?

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Re: I hear a very small violin playing...

From the court papers-

"---The word "refurbished" appears only once in the AppleCare+ terms and conditions even though the printed booklet is 33 pages long. The word is not even used to reference a device, but a part. ----"

You quote the following from Apple's T&Cs

"a replacement product that is new or equivalent to new in performance and reliability, and is at least functionally equivalent to the original product."

I can see why that might be interpreted as either:

1. A new identical product.

2. A different model that is new but might be better than the model being replaced.

You can argue that people are dumb for not realising that but there was nothing stopping Apple from saying "we reserve the right to give you a brand new product or a refurbished product.

I just looked at Samsung's warranty T&Cs- they state

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Yeah- blame the customer..

From the court papers:

--Maldonado purchases an ipad, she breaks the screen 7 months later. A "genius" convinces her to buy a replacement ipad and to pay for AppleCare+ to cover it (total cost $376.71). No one tells her that it is a recon unit- even the receipt refers to it as NEW. --

She paid $249.00 for the iPad and $99 for AppleCare+. Had she known that the unit was a recon, she might not have paid $99 for AppleCare+.

AppleCare+ is an insurance policy. Many customers might be better off with a 3rd party policy, particularly one which offers new for old.

Apple could be upfront about the use of recon units but they ain't...

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Hermann Hauser- venture capitalist

"Hermann Hauser, the venture capitalist who helped spin ARM out of UK computer maker Acorn in 1990"

Erm, is this the same Hermann Hauser that co-founded Acorn in 1978 with Chris Curry? That was vice-president for research at Olivetti? That acts as the head of the East of England Stem Cell Network (EESCN)?

Simply referring to him as a venture capitalist seems a tad uncharitable.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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"Founded in 1990 as a spin-out from an Acorn collaboration with Apple," You omit to mention the 3rd partner, VSLI Technology Inc.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Hasn't hibernatation always sucked?

My only gripe with hibernation (on my Vaio Z11 with W7 and 6Gb of RAM)) is that it takes significantly longer to come out of hibernation than to boot from cold. That said it has not failed in over 6 years.

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@aedvalson

"This will replace the driver for the Telemtry System with something different than has been installed by windows updates. I've had no sleep errors at all since I did this."

How long ago was that?

Sorry, not doubting your probity.

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Re: You cannot install another OS on the Surface Pro

"Ahhh, that's interesting. I've completely avoided the SP4 due to Windows 10.

I could do Win 8.1, as the CAD software I use works with that. But Win 10 isn't an option."

Downgrading my mate's SP4 to W8.1 was not completely seamless. IIRC the volume buttons weren't mapped properly, the cameras wouldn't work and the power button didn't function properly (relatively minor issues for my friend).

There is more info at the following

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/threads/surface-pro-4-discussion-thread.67857/page-195#post-461153

You will need to turn off signed drivers and find a licence key.

It is rumoured that battery life under 8.1 is better but I didn't have time to confirm that.

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Re: You cannot install another OS on the Surface Pro

"Surface Pro's come with UEFI enabled making it impossible to install another OS on them."

Installed W8.1 on a friend's SP4 (his employers do not support W10).

"If you buy a Surface Pro, you are stuck with Windows."

Incorrect. Others have installed Linux on their Surface Pros

http://blog.davidelner.com/dual-booting-ubuntu-14-10-on-the-surface-pro-3/

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Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

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Re: losing an opportunity

"I would wager that a Nokia/WebOS combination would have blunted Android growth, and gave iOS run for it's money."

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Nokia's Symbian was the market leading smartphone OS (by market share) until the middle of 2010, at which point Android usurped them. iOS has never been the market leader.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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Re: I smell fish

"Apple know how their phone backup system works, and clearly the FBI do not."

Then why can't Apple explain how a phone that had been within range of a "trusted" Wifi network on numerous occasions had not backed up for ages? It seems likely that iCloud back ups had been turned off by Farook ages ago. Are Apple able to override user preferences and force back ups? Sounds like a backdoor. Perhaps that is why the Chinese insisted that Apple move their customer accounts on to Chinese state owned servers...

"The remote wipe is a command sent from an Apple server, and is thus quite easy for Apple to block."

Are you suggesting that the FBI can phone Apple moments after an incident and ask Apple to block access to an AppleID/iCloud without needing a court order? If that is the case then yes the FBI messed up but it would imply that Apple aren't as concerned about customer privacy as they would have us believe.

"The case really looks like it's either the FBI trying to cover up their incompetence and then ending up in really hot constituiinal water by mistake, or a deliberate attempt to subvert the rule of law."

I find it hard to believe that the FBI's lawyers would have worked on the assumption that Apple's lawyers would have forgotten to highlight any possible operational errors.

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FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

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Re: How did the ferals solve crimes without phones?

If smartphones represent little more than shortcuts to finding forensic data than what is the big deal about encryption in the first place?

Mind you I think that you may well be the first person I have seen that has suggested that the FBI's requests be declined as part of a weight loss program.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Someone running iOS 9.3 beta 3 was trying to fix a bug that stops the time being displayed in the status bar at the top of the phone.

It seems that he tried various dates and eventually scrolled back to 1/1/1970.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Benson's list of leads is here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wJwqv3rTNmORXz-XJsQaXK1dl8I91V4-eP_sfNVNzbA/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

Having purchased a Lumia 950XL, which has "fast charging" rather than "quick charging", I have been looking for suitable chargers. I guess I am gonna have to stump up £20 for a USB-C charger. I would have preferred a 3 AMP charger with both USB-A and USB-C ports but thus far they look a tad iffy.

(BTW you cant "fast charge" using USB-A to USB-C)

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Re: Who ever designed..

And what is it about your 5 year old Mac that is so magical?

(sent from my 2010 Sony Vaio Z11- with a removable battery)

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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"I think most posters here need to read up on "Tax Incidence" and do a little less public showing of greed and envy."

And when MegaGlobal Incs are able to pay for the right to avoid so much in taxes it impacts upon smaller firms that are less able to comptete.

These smaller firms are more likely to be more labour intensive and accordingly employ more people

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Re: Actually there will be ZERO cost for Apple to pass on

"These deals are not being done in a back alley with companies handing a suitcase full of cash to the head of a country's tax department with a handshake agreement "we'll look the other way when you pay less taxes" like some third world company with rampant bribery."

Suitcase full of cash? All of the iTunes purchases made in the EU carried Irish VAT (23%). At the same time MS and Google customers paid the VAT applicable in their own country.

S'funny how a firm is allowed to have a number of subsidiaries that pay absolutely no taxes and the authority that allows the set up gets billions in VAT that they would not have ordinarily received...

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: Always the same argument

Company X may well have looked at the research papers, thought "oh that's clever, how we we do the same thing in a slightly different way?".

IF company X believes that it has acted legally then it would have no incentive to cover its tracks

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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Re: Getting Tough

"Don't you know that nazi was an abbreviation for National Capitalist"

Erm, you mean the political party that rejected both free market capitalism and Marxist socialism?

They could have called themselves the National My Little Pony Party, it doesn't follow that they had an equine fetish or that they wanted to elevate the position of those with pink manes

No need to reply, it is pretty clear from your tired post where your political allegiances lie (which is your prerogative). For the record, I am a "none of the above" kinda guy (rightly or wrongly).

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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

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How do you police this?

And how will the old bill know what firmware you are using?

Will the TSA prevent tourists with European phones from entering the USA lest they use channel 12 or 13 when using their phone as a Wifi HotSpot?

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Apple borks Apple News ad-blocking app due to 'privacy concerns'

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IF Apple are concerned about security then it is correct that they explain the potential dangers to users. If they have grounds to believe that the public will fail to understand those risks then, sure, pull all domestic apps that install root certificates.

IF Apple respect privacy, then give developers tools that not only allow them to block adverts in Safari (already done) but that also allow them to block adverts in apps (including iAds).

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

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"When the iPhone had no modern competition (meaning its competition was Symbian and BlackBerry)"

You are Charles Arthur and I claim my £10.

Seriously though... Lets all play "Windows Mobile or Palm didn't exist".

My Feb 2007 HTC Athena was vastly superior to the first few generations of the iPhone. I too had tabbed browsing but unlike the iPhone I could use 3G rather than Edge. I could play Flash video, I had GPS, rear and front facing camera, camera flash, copy'n'paste, video calling, MMS, a much bigger screen (5"), higher screen resolution and pixel density, more RAM , a faster processor, SD support, grown up bluetooth, stereo speakers, multitasking, gyroscope, S/W and a detachable H/W keyboard. Oh and it was made out of aluminium.

Kinda like an iPad pro but you could use it as a phone.

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

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Indeed.

I will hold off for the Intel based Surface Phone

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that'll be £55 please

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Many of the HTCs had 5 row sliding keyboards. The last was the HTC 7 Pro.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Re: that'll be £55 please

That still doesn't explain why the refund cost in the UK is lower than the price that Apple sell the product for.

AFAIK, in the USA the refund is higher than the RRP.

IMO a receipt should only be necessary if the customer is asking for a refund in excess of the RRP. Some people do pay more than RRP.

In the absence of a receipt Apple should be willing to pay the cash equivalent to the price that they sell it for.

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what about the earlier speakers

Apple's press release say that the speakers were first sold in Nov 2013. So why are they only recalling the units sold after Jan 2014. Were the earlier ones different? And if so then why a (semi) full recall and not a batch recall?

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Re: Not Just Notifications (Maybe)

He might well be telling the truth, apparently the code also crashes several apps such as twitter and whatsapp.

The Apple "fix" only seems to help resolve issues with iMessage and not the apps.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Hang on a sec

The Vaio Pro 13 had similar (and better) specs and cost the same as the MBA but weighed significantly less.

It did have a shorter battery life , unless you added the sheet battery which resulted in it weighing as much as the Air, added a few mm, cost a bit more but did result in a longer battery life than the Air.

Oh and it had a full HD touchscreen.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Idiot proof - no ports that can be compromised...

"No USB...So no danger of rootkits and the like via those ports"

Did you read the article (you know, like the bit where they bemoan the fact that it only has one USB port)? Or did you just jump into iDefence mode?

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iRevisionism?

"Data wasn't bundled with device contracts, and was expensive."

I purchased the 6" T-Mobile Ameo in Feb?March? 2007 (A phone with specs that pissed all over the first few iPhone generations)

My contract was the 3.5G T-Mobile Web and Walk Pro. Unlimited data with the option of tethering. From memory it was about £35pm.

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The Guardian- as endorsed by Apple

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The Guardian- as endorsed by Apple

S'funny how The Guardian have never been critical of Apple's privacy policy

Perhaps this might have something to do with it

http://www.apple.com/privacy/manage-your-privacy/

Never let it be said that Apple don't reward those that tirelessly fawn over them.

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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As an update.

I was able to communicate with people on different carriers today but still unable to send texts to my GF's O2.

if I reboot I can send/receive texts BUT if I try to resend one of the earlier failed messages it puts the kibosh on everything again and I need to reboot.

V odd

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Thanks EE, I wasted 2.5 hours travelling from Hammersmith to Ealing to meet a client in the pub early yesterday evening. I noticed that my SMSes to them weren't getting delivery reports so i assumed that their phone was turned off and eventually left the pub. Eventually at about 9.30pm my phone was flooded with text messages that had been sent to me earlier in the day. Will have to spend today apologising to customers, including those that had tried to call me but couldn't get through.

Rather oddly, the delivery report for the messages that i had sent have time stamps that are earlier than when i actually sent them?

4G internet access had been fine all day, I hadn't made any calls and accordingly assumed that the network was fine.

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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Re: Eroding market share is irrelevant

"do you think that Apple can somehow keep the current iPhone pricing, but sell cut down iPhones to the low end market without cannibilizing the high end market or eroding the market perception of Apple as a premium brand? "

Erm.. they did just that earlier in 2014 when they resurrected the iPhone 4 in emerging markets such as India.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/09/apple_pulls_iphone_4_from_sale_in_india_after_just_four_months/

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

"3 fast hosts support is pretty poor."

3. fasthosts' support is fucking awful.

Fixed it for you.

Truly the worst hosting company that I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with.

(IMO) the only thing fast about them is the zeal with which they ride roughshod over UK consumer rights.

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'Older' WireLurker previously tried, failed to leap from Windows to iThings

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but there has been malware in the ios app store

There were at least two high profile malicious apps in the app store. Both were placed there by researchers as proof of concept. The first being Charlie Millers. It is possible that other malware has gone undetected.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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"The official line from Apple was parroted online from a Genius drone employed by the company, when quizzed by The Register on Friday."

Meh.. you should have just contacted the Guardian, Charles Arthur was busy repeating their PR bumpf verbatim

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/25/apple-response-bend-iphone6-6p-plus-nine-complaints

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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"Apple may have come late to NFC, but it has had the balls to put it into its flagship product, which bodes well."

Sorry, but what does that mean?

The last and only non flagship phone released by Apple was the rehashed 5C, even that though, was generally considered (by some) to be a premium product

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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"The fact is that no-one wants their ridiculously insecure bloatware any more."

There isn't any bloatware on Windows Phone and the bulk of the bloatware on the average PC was dumped there by the OEM.

"Those who can afford to do so are moving away from PCs to Apple."

My laptop cost more than any of Apple's laptops, but hey, it had a vastly superior specification.

And for the record, although I owned a Lumia I have nothing against Android, nor am I a fan of MS (or any other company)

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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Re: Microsoft mobile market share

Windows Mobile on small screens was far from ideal but many of my handsets were usable without a stylus. I day that Apple proclaimed to have released a massive screened phone, I had a 5" HTC. I only ever used the stylus to calibrate the screen or for resets. TBH I actually miss the pixel perfect accuracy of resistive screens. Trying to sketch on phones these days is like playing a piano with boxing gloves.

II don't recall any WM phones with 256x160 respolutions, my first one (HTC BlueAngel- 2004) had 320 x 240, the first iphone was only 320×480, the phone I had at the time was 640 x 480

Regarding MS mocking the iphone- IIRC Balmer suggested that it was to expensive- shortly after, Apple dropped the price 2 or three times. That said, they clearly under estimated the forthcoming public desire for touch screen smartphones.

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SECRET Apple-Comcast CONFAB BLAB: Movies streamed to TV? – report

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iRevisionism?

"Apple's early iPhone deals with AT&T worked ...because the iPhone was so far ahead of its early competitors"

Only true if you ignore the other devices that could do so much more than the iphone.

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

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Re: Doomed

"While Steve Jobs was alive, it was fair to call Apple a cult built around him."

Perhaps it is still fair to call it a cult. Post Jobs, the general consensus seems to be that Cook lacks the charisma to be Son of Steve. So what do the iFans and Apple loving press do (I'm looking at you Charles Arthur)? they look lower down the ranks and pluck Ives out. The irony being that he seems to be even less charismatic than Cook but I guess his slower-than-is-humanly-possible speech makes him appear enigmatic.

Personally I feel sorry for Cook, he is clearly good at what he does but he has inherited a firm that has a fan base that craves the cult of personality and Ives seems to be the kind of fellow that would rather get on with his work and has little or no desire to open garden fetes.

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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Re: Meh. Fish and chips,

You mean like Festo's 2009 robotic swimming and flying penguins?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5JHMpLIqO4

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

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How can you not see that owners are confused?

Apple go out of their way to suggest that manufacturing defects must be discovered and reported almost immediately. This is a blatant example of distorting the meaning of the consumer protection laws. Sure the devotees will state that, according to the law, after 6 months the owner may need to prove that the fault is the result of manufacturing. In 99.9% of cases it is obvious that a solid state device that has not been subjected to abuse should not fail, and if it has then it must be the result of a poorly manufactured component.

Apple also go to great lengths to scare the customer into thinking that customers of other brands have to go back to the store rather than dealing with the manufacturer. I had to get my phone reflashed last week. I walked into a Nokia service agent. I wasn't asked for proof of purchase or told to go back to EE. To date

I can understand why someone might love Apple products but it is staggering that any rational person could defend their stance with regard to consumer rights.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Google the 2007 HTC Advantage, a 5" Windows Mobile with a magnetically attached keyboard come cover.

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Re: Confused

My HTC Advantage (released before the iphone) looks exactly like the ipad/keyboard. It connected magnetically, holding the phone part at a comfortable angle, keystrokes were transmitted via contacts on the two. When not in use it acted as magnetically attached screen protector. The only difference is that the cover had a Perspex window that showed on screen notifications (the phone knew when the cover was in use)

I can't see how HTCs superior device is not prior art.

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Back in early 2007 people took the piss out of the size of my 5" HTC Athena. Most people thought it odd to want to be able to check emails or surf on a phone. Tastes change.

If apple do release a phablet then 2014 will be the year that Apple fanbois tech editors, such as Charles Arthur at the guardian, tell us that phablets are clearly superior to tiny 4-5" phones.

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