* Posts by djstardust

120 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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This is more like it ....

Wow, and Samsung are over £800 for their latest and greatest which TBH isn't significantly better. This has a SD slot or dual SIM which is actually an advantage over the Galaxy 6 and Note 5.

This genuinely looks very good value for money, and if you order from the Honor EU store before Monday you get it for £210.00

As stated in other reviews the launcher and keyboard are not very good, but you can get Swiftkey for free and Nova Launcher for a couple of quid if you don't have it already.

The tables are turning, Samsung better watch out ......

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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

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Greed to put it simply ....

The original Angry Birds for the ipod touch and iphone was superb. Cheap, simple to play, addictive, frequently updated and original.

They then got greedy with the mighty eagle and such then went down the freemium route for sequels which everyone hates except the game companies and the people getting a cut like Apple and Google.

Sadly most of these game companies are very much a one trick pony, it has happened time and time again where companies like Rovio come from nowhere, get heavily invested in, go to shit then go bust.

Nothing new.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Nice one .....

So, while Samsung are looking for over £800 for their latest and greatest we have a device with great specs for £200. You have to ask if Samsung et al are losing it, or just plainly ripping us off.

I can't see any reason it can't be rooted as it already supports CM. It will be sold in the UK by Clove and such.

SD slot, 3gb RAM, HD screen .... The specs are impressive. Only thing is the 2500Mah battery which is not removable. What not to like......

Very soon, people will just stop paying £50 a month for a mobile, as the operators are now in on the act and seriously overcharging for the 24 month deals.

I have the Galaxy note 4 which is a great device, but is it really £369 better than this one?

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Samsung emits Galaxy S6 Edge+ 'inboxing' video

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WTF?

Lost the plot ....

Samsung have clearly lost the plot lately. They are not Apple and need to realise this sooner rather than later.

Instead of all this marketing crap, the thing that will sell the phone is the price which currently is ridiculous.

Oh, and please put the SD slot and removable battery back. thanks!

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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iOS ..... perfect for 3 year olds and pensioners but a bit crappy for someone of my intelligence .....

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

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Sony screwed it all up .....

I had Vaio laptops for many years and they were all excellent. Top if the range kit, including the Vaio U70 which was the world's first tablet PC (Apple .... are you listening ......)

It all went pear shaped when they tried chasing the mid to bottom market and churned out a whole load of plastic crap. If they had stuck to the higher end of the market things would have been a whole lot different.

Sony are losing money on pretty much everything and only the PS is keeping it alive. A dinosaur of a company who constantly make poor business decisions and try their best to piss off the customer.

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Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

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Ransomware

Great product but the way the company sells it is abhorrent. Ransomware of the highest order and expensive too. No thanks!

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Ermmmmm

Another good idea is to defer upgrading to Windows 10 until this kind of annoyance is fixed. ®

No shit Sherlock.

I'm laughing at all the people posting on FB that they will be upgrading this morning. Good luck (and don't phone me when it all goes titsup!)

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Microsoft?

Although I really love windows Microsoft are trying their best to kill it.

Why can't they just have a good, reliable, secure desktop OS for 99% of the users instead of all this touch and mobile crap?

Listening to theor customers is not their strong point and will ultimately end in the demise of the PC market for all but corporate. It's a shame.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Ahem ....

What about the thousands that were nicked as this problem has been known about for quite some time. how are they going to recall them?

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Windows Update is a nightmare

First thing I do is disable windows Update when I get a new PC. It nags and nags you to install the updates and a couple of times it has shut down the machine when I've been in the middle of working on something.

Surely MS can find a better way of implementing updates silently .... and until they do it stays well and truly disabled.

P.S. I don't surf porn, warez or gambling sites so it must be safe .......

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Usual Apple greed

So they offer 3 months free to the consumer, and don't pass the royalties for that 3 months on to the artists. It's not the artists that are offering the 3 month trial, it's Apple so the artists should be paid.

Apple's profiteering and greed just amazes me!

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HTC reflects on Champions League iPhone cock-up

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Still in business .....

How HTC are still in business is beyond me. Don't get me wrong there is a need for competition to keep Apple and Samsung from taking the world over but HTC just stumble from one crisis to another. The whole get a celebrity to endorse your product blew up in their face previously.

Their phones are expensive, average and behind others spec ways so it's only a matter of time before it's bye bye.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Yoga 2 Pro

You can get the Yoga 2 Pro for less than this and it's infinitely better.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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God it's fugly

Those door panels are hideous. Replacing my car with that would be like swapping my beautiful wife for Janette Krankie!

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

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Paris Hilton

Re: Fugly

Sorry mate, you're in the wrong thread.

iWatch is here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/09/apple_watch_live_blog/

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Interesting ......

"Minecraft maker Mojang – now a division of Microsoft"

Seems a bit strange kicking Oracle in the nads less than two years from forming a major partnership with them .....

https://blogs.oracle.com/cloud/entry/oracle_and_microsoft

Mind you, as the last couple of weeks has proved crapware is on the way out!

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Blah blah blah

More overpriced, lacklustre out of date hardware on the way. Yawn.

Last time Apple gave me any excitement about product releases was at least 10 years ago.

And as for that expensive landfill watch.......

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Lucky me

Only found it on one of my Lenovo laptops. 2 minute job to remove.

Maybe this will make the PC market think twice about installing bloatware .... even from AV companies!

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

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In the City of Aberdeen our Councillors are so crap nobody WANTS to find them!

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Investment

As long as the companies operating mobile services have shareholders that are more important than customers things will never get better.

Telefonica have sucked O2 revenue for years and put little back in.

I stay beside a very large industrial estate in the Oil Capital of Europe.... with O2 I get GPRS as standard and Edge if it's sunny and the wind is blowing in the right direction. Pathetic!

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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I'd rather be a commentard than a glasshole .....

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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Ebay

Same problem with sellers on Ebay. simple tip .... avoid any company with UK in their name because that means they are Chinese!

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Dixphone's half-year P&L accounts are in. So much RED INK

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Comet?

The only thing that has saved them is Comet going bust. In my city, there is now no direct competition so you HAVE to shop there!

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Expensive and riddled with bloatware

Note 4. Seriously delayed and £575. Riddled with bloatware and Samsung services EXACTLY duplicating the Google ones already on there.

Just got the LG G3. Pretty much the same spec with very little bloat and nearly half the price. Superb handset.

Samsung have rested on their laurels without actually improving very much. Their phones are mid range with Apple prices. Apple phones aren't that much better but they seem to get away with high margins.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: "Nokia said China would receive it first"

Receiving it?

Shipping internally from the local Foxconn outlet methinks!

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Very meh ....

The vanilla Android experience is to be commended, however the Note 4 is a better device and will drop in price pretty quickly once it is freely available. Better replaceable battery and SD card slot seals the deal for me.

If you are willing to root and install a custom ROM then you will get a similar crapware free experience on the Note 4.

Simply put, too expensive for a Nexus.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Profit margin

Apple make obscene amounts of profit on their handsets but people don't seem to mind as they "look the part"

Samsung are far too late to the table with the better looking Alpha and note 4 (and they're far too expensive in the UK), and Touchwiz with Knox just pisses people off. Sounds like Samsung are going down the Microsoft road of "we know best" but it will screw them in the end.

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Apple Watch buyers will feel 'different' after being 'serviced' in spring 2015

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Support ..... hmmmmm

Oh yeah, my £700 first gen ipad got one software update and it pretty much rendered it useless. It is sluggish as hell despite numerous reformats and the keyboard is virtually unusable.

NEVER buy a 1st Gen Apple product unless you have a coffee table with a short leg.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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Windows 8

For the hundredth time ...... £5.00 on Stardock.com will turn shitty windows 8 in to a faster Windows 7. Is it really that difficult?

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djstardust

Agreed

I have the Yoga 2 pro i7 and it is really superb. The hinge works perfectly and the speakers are already good. Not sure if this new hinge is change for the sake of change. Note the price has also gone up £100 too....

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

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Where to buy?

I find this sort of ironic.

When I was looking for a new high end lappy last month there were some nice ones on the Samsung UK website ...... but when you went to buy one they were not available.

No-one seems to stock Samsung laptops so it's no surprise they ain't selling!

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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Wow

I had been looking for a new laptop for a while. Found a Lenovo on their site, super spec and a good price. Also has a 3 year on site warranty for £46. Looking forward to getting it. Just a shame it can't be supplied with Win 7 though...

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

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FNAC off

I am seriously impressed with French chain FNAC. They sell absolutely everything and the shops are always busy.

Difference is that neither Dixons or CPW give a FNAC about their customers

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Still too expensive

50% off would have been nearer the mark. The fact they are now throwaway units and the fact they are all glued together does nothing for me.

I could get a similarly specced Win machine far cheaper that is both repairable and to a point upgradeable.

Nice try Apple but no cigar, maybe no coincidence but the Apple store in Aberdeen seems to have about 6 punters in it at any point (and they are just teenagers using the free internet .....)

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Not a great store to be honest

Around that time the staff in the Aberdeen store were particularly aggressive and would tell you anything to get a sale, not to mention the 1/2 hour lecture on the benefits of warranty cover.

I bought a £2500 Sony Vaio laptop from them on a similar credit agreement but thankfully I never had to return it .....

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Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

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Oh dear ....

My wife has been playing Candy Crush for months and hasn't given them a penny or bugged the hell out of her FB friends.

She is determined to get as far as she can without paying, and if forced will ditch it.

All their games are just a variation on a theme. Remember Rovio who did exactly the same thing not long ago ..... and nobody talks about angry Birds any more!

Another dot com flash in the pan that will end in tears.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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The reason for this is that there is no way to delete all your emails en masse which in this day and age is ridiculous.

I'm also surprised it fixes an iOS crashing bug .... I've not had Android crash on me for god knows how long now, at least Galaxy S1 days!

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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I have the Tosh Z830-10U ultrabook. It's pretty good in all ways apart from the screen. Probably the same 1366x768 unit and it's crap ..... really crap.

If Sony can put 1920x1080 in the Vaio Pro, what's Toshiba's excuse, especially at that price.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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See .....

Not even Apple fanpeople are stupid enough to be ripped off to that degree. The margin on those phones must be really stupidly high. ..... and they look like shite too!

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

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Another day

Another Galaxy variant. What's tomorrow's one going to be?

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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Why is this review spread over 5 pages, does Vulture Central not have a scroll wheel on their mouse (or are individual page hits important for their advertisers?)

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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My Quad Core Mac Pro has been completely removed of Mac. It has a 256SSD with Win 7 on it. Best computer I have ever had.

Mac Os is pants basically, horrible to use and Mac clones of Windows programs are generally awful.

But as usual, looks and coolness are better than practicality .....

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Opera rewrite comes to Android

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Thumb Up

Installed .... crap!

Titanium backup ...... restore app with data

Old opera ... back to where it was.

Job done!

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

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Unhappy

Hmmmm

Same old same old. Nokia need to get ahead of the curve and not just sit back with a poor update to an already poor handset. Oh and get rid of WM too!

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BT and O2 ink deal to build mega 4G network

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FAIL

4G ????

Hey O2, any chance of anything more than Edge in my city?

What happened to 3G or are you just missing that out completely?

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Paris Hilton

Beats are trash ....

I gave my son my spare pair of Sennheiser HD25MkII when he was 5. He is now 10 and has great fun going round Currys plugging his device in to the Beats display and telling everyone how crap they sound. The Sennheisers were around £150 ten years ago but worth every penny.

Apple are partly to blame here ..... the iphone music quality is flat and dreadful. Add to that the really poor earbuds and kids don't actually know what good music sounds like any more.

Paris ..... because here music is shit too!

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

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Pint

Innovation ....

This is the sort of stuff Apple should be coming out with ...... but then they'd rather you bought an iphone and ipad at twice the price!

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Facepalm

Joined up government?

So two Quangos (or whatever they're called these days) have differing opinions.

Offcom have consistently proven they're on the side of business (even though they are supposed to protect the consumer) where the ASA are showing some teeth.

Just another example of the corporate mind these companies work under. Tell the customer what they'll get, tie them in to a 24 month contract then move the goalposts. Rip-off Britain at it's best.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Re: Still no good with custom firmware and locked bootloaders

Yeah, tried that but status says "NO" as O2 have deliberately locked it. After many calls to CS and no-one knowing what a bootloader was I just gave up!

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