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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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So nothing at all like the Samsung Youm prototypes shown last year!

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Can we have a "X of the best..." for all in ones, lapboards, wireless keyboard/mice frankenthingies for HTPC's/Steam Machines/etc for us non-FPS players to use for the odd game of Guild Wars 2 on the sofa?

I have a Logitech K400 for this purpose, but the trackpad is terrible, want something I can shove under the sofa when not in use with no wires for the kids to trip over.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: Hashing...

they could employ their reverse image search technology

Which I must say, works brilliantly, I have used it a few times to find people stealing photos from my online galleries.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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and the June update to OneDrive to improve your control of sync

Ah yes, I remember that well, because OneDrive insists on bloody restarting and locking up the machine on every single boot...

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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I'm fed up of all this wireless charging malarky, I was promised this with my Galaxy S3 a few years ago, never happened outside of some XDA lot just doing it themselves. I was promised it on my Xperia Z2 but they withdrew it a week after announcing it, sure there's the magnetic charging port to save wear and tear on the waterproof flaps, but I just want to lob it on the bedside table and wake up to a fully charged battery.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Manco

Or if you are from Kyushu it's "bobo" for the most vulgar word.

Haha I love manjū, you can really make people blush when you enthuse about how you love to eat it slowly, feel the softness on your lips and savour the sweet flavour. For non-speakers it's also a type of confectionary, a type of bean paste dumpling.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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development would apparently have to be in some sort of Cloud IDE.

Google had that a few years ago, was one of their "20% projects" that they eventually open sourced.

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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I had something similar on the PSP for the game Metal Gear Ac!d 2, worked quite well considering the resolution is a fraction of a modern smartphone. Wouldn't mind giving this a try just out of curiosity.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Does this mean I can run iTunes on my Archimedes?

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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Re: steel claws

Well, Unobtanium is still 20 million a Kilo, so steel will have to do for your average garden shed boffinry.

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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Re: Bing Bong

hitting the search button starts Bing

Quick, sue Microsoft!

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Re: Stun devices

I made something from a disposable camera flash circuit to kill off old gear, it can vaporize circuit tracks, using it against living flesh might or might not work well (not testing it on myself, got a dodgy ticker), but there's plenty of cheap gear that can be re-purposed for stuff like that.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

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That swivel camera reminds me of my NEC e313 from 2004!

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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there is no decent SIM plan in the UK for occasional data on a tablet.

GiffGaff, 500MB for £5/m, you can auto-renew or let it lapse after a month as desired.

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Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

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Driver conflicts; coming soon to Android!

Seriously though, I think this is a cool idea, and would love a phone that can just have a CPU module swapped out rather than having to buy a whole new phone every 24 months.

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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it gives a false sense of security

The lawyers are rubbing their hands in delight at the thought of all the lawsuits.

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'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

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Re: What fools

if you've nothing to hide then nothing to fear

I pity the AI/serf that has to trawl through my inbox, lets have a look:

Firebox spam

Giffgaff spam

Humble Bundle spam

Amazon spam

Sony spam

Ebuyer spam

Amazon spam again

Ebuyer spam again

HMV spam

Lastminute.com spam

Would be nice to have something to at least blush over (other than my taste in books from Amazon) if someone was to intercept it...

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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homeopathic drug products in liquid, tablet, capsule, ointment, and suppository forms

I always said for all the good they will do you, you might as well shove them up your arse!

The family of an ex of mine were heavily into this garbage, the father had an ingrowing toenail and was "prescribed" homeopathic pills instead of taking his hospital supplied antibiotics after his operation. He nearly ended up hospitalised with a blood infection. The "practitioner" kept flogging them more and more of these tablets, assuring the family they would work. I had to beg them to take him to a real doctor after his toe was about 3x the normal size, weeping stinking puss and he could barely stay conscious.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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I'll be looking to move back to Vodafone when my contract's up with O2.

Yeah my Mrs was with O2 and had nothing but problems.

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I have given up caring about mobile data and see it as this imaginary thing that people talk about but no-one gets to see or use.

Same here, I get on average 8% no signal in the south West, and despite my best efforts, it's impossible for me to burn through my data allowance of 500MB.

Can't wait for my contract to run out so I can get rid of Vodafone.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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An NSA spokeman said the claims were ludicrous and untrue, but requested the paper not to say which country they aren't doing it to

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

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But then what to expect of a company which...

Dude, you're a barista...

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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For those of us gifted the other way around, can we have all our beard hair transplanted to our shining pate?

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

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Re: WTF

It's like that rotating beam out of Hellraiser, with random body parts and torture tools nailed onto it.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: Photographs / Recording Video

No, what they are doing is harassment.

http://www.photographersrights.org.uk/page6/page6.html

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: fund it from general taxation

Why should I have to pay more for a TV to subsidise your viewing when I only use my TV to watch dvds and play games? Make it a subscription service and leave the 30% that don't want it in peace.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Humbug

Someone like Samsung makes (IMHO) makes pretty mundane, plastic products

*cough*iPhone 3G*cough*

*cough*iPhone 5c*cough*

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

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Re: I sympathize with the attackers message,

You also forgot about LBE Privacy Guard, and AdAway...

The English Play store version of LBE hasn't been updated since 2012, so your options are either the Chinese version from the Play store or the English hack from XDA. Adaway and AdFree are basically the same so doesn't really matter which you choose as long as the hosts are updated.

ApOps isn't perfect but does a decent job in addition to DroidWall in place of LBE.

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Re: Third-party ad scumbags

There's a similar thing on Android for download sites (for custom ROMs) where you either get a "download our app" prompt of death, or it automatically downloads an apk for something you declined to download. Sometimes you can end up with multiples from before/after the "click to download", CAPTCHA and "wait 30s to download" page refreshes. Obviously I don't install them, but it's annoying as hell.

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Re: I sympathize with the attackers message,

But that's assuming the paid-for don't also have this or similar code. Looking at the permissions required by even paid apps, you can see they are asking for things that have no relevance to the apps core functionality.

Droidwall + AdFree + ApOps/permissions revoked is about as good as you are going to get as long as you are happy to root.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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Re: Wait a minute...

The iWatch was rumoured long before the Samsung watch.

Don't worry, Apple will soon be awarded the patent for "wrist mounted electronic device with integrated screen" and will sue Samsung. And as for those cheeky upstarts Seiko, them releasing a digital watch in 1973 will be proven to have been done by copying Apples "innovative intellectual property"

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

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I would imagine a lot of people are in the same boat as me and waiting for a more significant price drop. It looks a good machine, but Nintendo need to be more innovative with their software, there's only so many ways they can re-re-re-invent Super Mario (as in the sorta 2D version) before people get bored of it.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

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So I guess using your iPad on the train/plane will result in 1 icon on the screen?

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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Re: The history of earth according to computer games...

Yeah, Guitaroo Man was far superior.

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Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

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My partner has a Windows phone, and other than some app shortages it's not a bad smartphone for the price. Certainly more than good enough for someone who isn't into techie stuff and just wants to use it for social media.

I think the app-mad days are waning a bit, where people had to have as many novelty apps as possible on their phones. I know over the years I re-install less and less apps as time goes by and it is now at the point where it wouldn't matter if my next phone was iOS, Android or WP. About the only thing on my wishlist for a new phone in a few months is a decent camera with slow motion/time lapse video recording.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Tell you what, when providors start beaming out all channels in boring old 1080p for a few years I promise as soon as I get bored of "HD" then I will consider a 4K TV.

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

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Coat

I can imagine this being popular with ravers, just imagine popping a pig pill and glowing under the blacklights!

Yeah mine is the coat with the Easy Groove tape and a whistle in the pocket

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Two 1.35V mercury button cells provided the juice

I'm hoping you didn't just shove a pair of 1.5V batteries in there as that may be what caused it to die after a few minutes. I collect old cameras and one thing you learn early on and sometimes at great cost is not to shove 1.5V batteries into a 1.35V device. You can buy "Wein Cells" which are a 1.35V Zinc/Air battery designed to replace the old mercury batteries.

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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I doubt any kid is really hampered by these blocks, the "Go Away Cameron" Chrome plugin is being widely reported in the media so should be common knowledge in the playground soon.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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So, we are in agreement that this product is designed for pervs then?

I'm sure even Fox Talbot had thoughts about secretly photographing the skullery maid when he was perfecting his process.

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Coat

X-Ray specs next.

The only bone I want to see in a woman is m.....

Why yes, that is my coat, is it time to go?

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: I have better idea

[i]My wife has been driven mad by Windows 8 and 8.1 on her new laptop.[/i]

Just install Classic Shell on her machine, takes two minutes, same applies for the epic wall of rant above.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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Re: Hardly surprising

Yeah, everyone knows all the kiddy fiddlers play Tera

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Hear that? that's the sound of every IT security bod in the known worlds drafting up a "security" business proposal to bring their gaming rig into the office.

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Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide

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Was thinking about a PS4 but went for a PC upgrade instead seeing as PS+ has flooded my PS3 and Vita with more "free" games than I have time for. Don't need a 4th device clogged up with games I don't have time to play. Will get the PS4 when the price drops a bit more, but anyone with PS+ and no PS4 should make sure they "buy" the free PS4 games on the Playstation website so if/when you do get one, you will have a nice back catalogue of PS4 games built up.

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Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD

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Re: Fairly meaningless

Is the Wii still outselling the WiiU? I saw some figures last week saying the PS3 was outselling the WiiU by a considerable margin.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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I was thinking about a device like this the other day and was pondering just how functional Android would be as a desktop OS. From a quick perusal of the app store, yes, you can get pretty much every generic home/small office requirement covered. Obviously hardcore CAD/Video Editors would require something a lot more powerful with more storage, but the idea still holds true, as hammarbtyp said above, could we eventually see the end of Windows on the desktop?

I think Google are missing a trick not releasing a £200 device like the Chromebook but running Android with a 500GB hard drive. I know of the transformer tablets and bluetooth keyboard/case options for regular tablets, but Google could easily release the Chromebook chassis with Android for less than Acer & Co equivalent tablets with optional keyboards and dominate the cheap laptop market.

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ZTE becomes latest to cuff self to smartwatch bandwagon

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For £100 I would buy a semi-smart watch with a camera*, so if the Samsung watch gets its price slashed to clear stock, sign me up as a £100 gadget is within my disposable toy budget.

*Camera not for perving but for new baby sudden photo ops where something is better than nothing, and I can't have my DSLR strung around my neck 24/7

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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I have a box of various e-cigs and keep going back to rolling my own as I have not yet found an e-cig that makes me feel like I'm sucking on the exhaust of a JCB. I have found some that "hit" the back of your throat nicely, I have found some that make me spin out from the nicotine, but I have not found one that gives that "hit" on my lungs. Closest I can get is overheating the liquid by drawing slowly.

If anyone can recommend one that gives a "hot" vape, let me know. Cheers.

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Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera

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Re: Or...

Agreed, or you can pick up one of the many Chinese knock-off pinhole kit cameras that you assemble yourself for a fiver on eBay.

I think this is just meant for the uber hip hipsters that wouldn't be seen dead with a Lomo.

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