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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Tachikoma

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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Unhappy

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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Tachikoma

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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Tachikoma

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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Tachikoma

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

Tachikoma

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

Tachikoma

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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Tachikoma

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

Tachikoma

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

Tachikoma

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

Tachikoma

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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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

Tachikoma
Facepalm

I remember once installing a new multi function printer, and during the "bag of spanners down the stairs" initial calibration, someone using their phone turned to me and asked if I could turn down the printer volume...

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Still have a box of Acorn ADFS floppy disks waiting for a native x86 port of RiscOS...

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Aaaah flashing aerial upgrades, those were the days... I wanted one for my Nokia 7110 but I think the aerial was fixed into place and couldn't be replaced without dismantling the entire phone. Speaking of which, my Nokia 7110 with original 1999 battery still last longer than my Galaxy S3... I think lunchtime will be spent researching what WAP pages are still kicking around so I can relive that monochrome revolution.

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Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

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"Tachikoma used to work in IT, it was probably currys tech support :P"

Would have been quite nice actually, instead of government cuts, outsourcing and crappy canteen food for the last <double digit> years, I would have had a staff discount for printer paper!

I know the software is legitimate, we don't use it as our management think Windows RDC is still the only way to connect computers, hell we only updated to IE8 in the last 12 months...

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Tachikoma

My elderly, retired neighbour had this with her Windows laptop the other week, they convinced her to "confirm" her bank details then make her install:

www.teamviewer.com

And then ravaged her online accounts before clearing out her bank account. She was terrified when she realised what was going on, wouldn't answer the phone or go near her laptop until she found out I worked in IT and could secure her laptop. I had to help her over the next few days to sort out all her online banking, paypal, email, FaceBook, ISP, phone number, everything. She is on a pittiful state pension and they cleared her out of her (small but significant to her) savings.

I'm name dropping the software company as not only did they ignore the feedback I gave them about the "hack" but they make their software nearly impossible for regular users to remove as it doesn't appear in All Applications or Add/Remove Software.

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Bonking boffins say bacon biters won't breed

Tachikoma

Re: Fish as alternative to bacon...

"the additional benefit that it would allow us to glow in the dark!"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/4605202.stm

Can't wait for a thick rasher of glow in the dark bacon, will make post-pub ninja snack time easier if I don't have to turn the kitchen lights on.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Think of the children... no... not THAT way...

I love this vision of the future, I can't wait until I go to the pool/kids school play/etc and I'm told I must leave my phone, camera, glass™es and watch at home in case I'm a kiddy fiddler trying to take photos.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Tachikoma

Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

Actually this phone is perfect for the father-in-law, with his massive shovel hands from decades of manual labour. Not everyone has slender fingers from a lifetime working in IT. If the keyboard/dialer can be scaled up to full width this phone would be ideal.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

Tachikoma
Joke

your wife has had sex at least twice. No evidence to show that you had anything to do with it :)

Sadly(?) they are mine, they have inherited my lugs that took me 20 years to grow into... *sigh* That reminds me, need to book them into Karate lessons before they hit comprehensive school...

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Tachikoma
FAIL

just watched by blokes in their underpants who live in their Mum's house. Anime, eh? Is it so hard to get a girlfriend?

Boxers not briefs

House in the Cotswolds, mother lives 80-odd miles away

Long term relationship

Two kids (so had sex at least twice)

Anime isn't all tentacle rape and cat eared schoolgirls. It's easy to stereotype when hiding behind that little "anonymous" tick box, eh?

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Happy

Re: something decent to watch on TV

Is there ? something decent to watch on Merkin TV ?

Breaking Bad starts this weekend, but I think that's about it until Game of Thrones returns next year.

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

Tachikoma

Here's the actual phone, was reported back in July:

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-folder-brings-nostalgic-flip-phone-style-to-android-1166541

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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Stop

Re: Phones

Was going to say the same thing about "how'd that law work out with regards to mobiles?"

I saw a guy the other week using his phone (was an old Nokia or a Blackberry, something with buttons) whilst driving... his motorbike... approaching a roundabout... thankfully he didn't end up a greasy stain on the road.

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