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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Zola

Love my Panasonic Qi charger

QE-TM101 on YouTube

It charges my Nexus 7 2013 tablet without any problem - no dimples on the device required for perfect alignment, it finds the device no matter the orientation.

Having used Qi charging for the last year, I'd never buy another mobile product - tablet or smartphone - that doesn't support Qi wireless charging. Connecting a USB cable to charge is so last century.

It's a shame the resonating charger guys are focusing all their efforts on installing chargers in public spaces rather than getting their receivers into devices - presumably they think they're playing the long game but ultimately they're just being complete dicks.

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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Re: Any chance of Sailfish running android apps like BBOS 10.3 does?

It already does - Sailfish OS includes AlienDalvik from Myriad for the running of Android apps and it works very well.

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

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N1 will have an unlocked bootloader

Twitter

Maybe one day there'll be a Sailfish build for the N1...

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

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Mushroom

Re: another reason as if we need one...

I got the same email for the MeeGo (N900, then N950) contacts I have stored.

I've already switched to a Jolla and transferred (bluetooth'ed) my contacts across from the N950, but just for a laugh I thought I'd give the export option a go that is offered by Microsoft as way of obtaining all your data. What did it give me? It gave me an empty csv file (apart from the header row) with none of my 200+ contacts.

My one and only thought: OH JUST FUCK OFF, MICROSOFT.

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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Same old response

Banks and payment processors are once again in denial - they said the same about Chip & Pin even though the flaws are being actively exploited by criminals.

Visa are focusing on the headline 999,999.99 figure in this case and saying their systems will spot it which spectacularly misses the point as criminals are hardly likely to be so stupid as to go for the jackpot each time when they can take hundreds or maybe thousands at a time without risking detection.

I suppose the next step is a live, public demonstration. Keep up the good work, Newcastle!

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Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

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Mushroom

It has Nicole Kidman in the lead role

Of course it's going to be shit!

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Go

I don't have a problem turning off tiles

I don't use them anyway, as my shortcuts are added to the bookmarks toolbar or in a menu and therefore they are precisely where I know they will be, not moving around appearing and disappearing in a randomly organised collection of "shortcut" tiles.

I won't mourn the loss of tiles when I turn them off and will welcome a blank "new tab" page in future.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Mushroom

Re: XBMC & Media Hubs

XBMC on the Pi (OpenELEC, Raspbmc, Xbian etc.) can play back full high-profile Blu-ray rips so I don't know what you're on about saying it can't handle MPEG4 HD, that's utter FUD.

I've also no idea about your DVB-T stick, maybe get one with decent Linux driver support next time - plenty of others are using their Pis with XBMC for Live TV/PVR viewing.

The Pi with XBMC does actually make a genuinely good "media box" - it can pretty much play anything you care to chuck at it, either from local HDD (USB attached), from your NAS or streamed from the web.

Sure, the ARM CPU hasn't got the same slick performance as a quad-core i7, but the GPU in the Pi is surprisingly powerful and funnily enough that's the most important thing when playing hardware accelerated videos. And despite being low powered, the ARM CPU still provides a pretty good user experience when browsing around the menus and library in XBMC (officially sanctioned overclocking to 1GHz+ helps improve the UX, of course).

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Boffin

Bus powered HDD - bump up the USB current then!

I have an old 2.5-inch laptop hard drive in a bus-powered caddy, but the B+ couldn’t provide it with sufficient power

By default the Pi B+ will provide the USB ports with 600mA of current, which may not be enough to spin up your HDD. However if you add the setting

max_usb_current=1

to config.txt (a file in the root of the FAT partition - create it if it doesn't exist), you are able to increase the current supplied to USB devices by another 600mA, to 1.2A, which should be sufficient to power your HDD - no hub required.

However, you will require a decent 2A+ PSU to supply increased current to the USB ports.

Some additional details here.

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Linux duo land $54m VC Xamarin cash bag

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Mushroom

Or rewrite nothing with Qt, which is cross-platform

truly open source, and despite being available for free Qt is without the many restrictions imposed by the no-cost version of Xamarin (limited app size, no forms builder, no IDE etc.).

Plus, Qt isn't based on the abject failure that is C#, a language nobody has any time for outside of Microsoft circles.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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Vertical Video Syndrome

For example, hundreds of camera-phones capturing live sports could become the input images to MAP, rather than the controlled environment of the Panoptic Studio.

Will MAP automatically ignore all the phones being held in portrait mode? That should cut down the processing load to barely anything at all...

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

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Precisely why Oculus was never a $2Bn business

And maybe not even a $200Mn business.

VR hardware, assuming VR takes off at all, will become cheap as chips, with the cheapest solutions using the smartphone as the display - there's already several products coming to market that are basically better quality plastic versions of this Google "Cardboard".

As long as the experience is "good enough" (and reviews of these "Cardboard"-type devices suggest it can/will be) then it's going to be hard justifying the expense of custom VR hardware that does only a marginally better job.

The question, then, is what the hell Facebook decided was worth $2Bn because it simply can't be the hardware business, and yet the software side of VR doesn't look like it has that many secrets that could justify such a price tag, secrets that weren't already discovered by Evans & Sutherland et al.

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PayPal 2FA mobe flaw chills 'warm and fuzzy' security feeling

Zola
WTF?

Is he wearing a rug?

It can't be real, must be a (bad) hairpiece.

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WIN your FREE Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone HERE!

Zola

Re: FREE Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone

I believe that is fair market value...

Yes, and I'm still not interested!!

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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

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Nokia

While The Reg doesn't expect to see Samsung, Nokia, or any of China's top brands compete in the ultra low-end market,

I thought competing at the very low end was in fact the last big idea that came out of Nokia before being consumed by Microsoft.

However maybe the "low end" just shifted down a notch or two (at least in terms of ASP) and Nokiasoft with their sub-$100 AOSP Franken-platform phones will as usual be caught with their pants around their ankles.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Facepalm

"contact centers and local Nokia Care points."

I haven't seen a physical Nokia presence in any large UK city for many a year.

Maybe they're talking about Finland, but I doubt they have a significant presence anywhere else - if you want service on a Nokia product you either mail it in or deal with a third party, that's the reality of Nokias "world class" support. Utterly laughable.

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

Zola

Clustered Pi Blades?

Imagine packing 4 or 8 modules into a relatively tiny package. Include a single Gigabit LAN port, internally switched between each Pi module. Could be a lot of fun.

Sadly the reality is that a system based on a decent Octa-core SoC will likely be cheaper and more powerful.

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So long, Samsung! TSMC is fabbing Apple's A8 chip, insiders claim

Zola

Re: Why quad core?

Why quad core?

Maybe there are plans for it beyond a smartphone?

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Hopefully the phones will fail big time and then all the "should have gone Android" commentards will STFU.

Trouble is, this isn't the kind of Android they were referring to, so even if these Nokia Forked Android phones fall it still doesn't answer the question of what would have happened had Nokia launched "true" Google Android devices.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

Zola

How can they make that assumption?

Read The Verge hands-on review of the Nokia X - no need for assumptions, they're officially shite.

Quote:

Using the X can be quite frustrating, however, as the entire interface is prone to slow response and a lot of lag. Closing or switching between apps on the X takes far longer than other, even entry-level, smartphones, and browsing the web will quickly test your patience. The third-party apps we saw on the X, such as Facebook, looked as they do on other Android smartphones, but they too suffered from poor performance. Nokia’s choice to combine the functions of home and back into the single back button is confusing, and it’s difficult to predict exactly where in the interface the button will take you when you press it.

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Facepalm

Utterly desperate move

(True) Android is the platform Nokia should have launched 2-3 years ago, not Windows Phone, but they got that badly wrong.

Now they're launching this bastardised platform rather than the real deal: part Android, part Microsoft software, yet incompatible with Android and requiring developers to port their apps, do Nokia never learn?

The company has become a total joke under Elops stewardship, lurching from one bad "burning platform" decision to another - the guy couldn't pick a winner even if there was only one platform option.

And when Microsoft completes the acquisition of Nokia, I would be surprised if this Nokia platform lasts longer than the Kin.

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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

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Re: v1.0?

Yes "v1.0" as in no longer beta, not actually v1.0.0.0.

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New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

Zola
Mushroom

BBC, sort yourself out

I only ever install Flash in order to access content on the BBC website (and block everywhere else) - if only the BBC would sort their shit out and offer me media content my browser (Firefox on Windows) natively supports I wouldn't need to install this Adobe crap at all!

The BBC offer h264 to iDevices but everyone else has to put up with Flash. It's so arse about face - they should be offering h264 by default, with Flash being the fallback only if all else fails...

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Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all

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Re: "collaborate on a shared open network API"

What? Anyone know why a network API is required for wireless charging?

PMA is big on getting their chargers into retail outlets (ie. coffee shops, airport lounges) where their "network API" can be used to manage (and no doubt "monetise") these outlets.

Sadly, with so few consumer devices that are compatible with PMA chargers, you wonder why they bother. Chicken/egg, horse/cart, etc. What's the point in having all the infrastructure in place in retail outlets when their is no consumer demand, and their never will be any consumer demand because the consumer market is catered to by Qi, an incompatible wireless charging standard?

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Zola

So two wireless power orgs with close to zero market share combine

And this is meant to be a concern to Qi, the clear market share leader in this technology? What was that quote about two Turkeys not making an Eagle, as it seems appropriate for A4WP and PMA too.

Combining their incompatible wireless tech, both having failed to achieve noteworthy market share, doesn't sound like a winning strategy but instead sounds like a last ditch effort to remain relevant before finally throwing in the towel.

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UNBREAKABLE bendy phone screens built, thanks to SHELLFISH

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Joke

Smashing!

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Re: Dead Platform

Selling phones at a very low margin in great numbers means you are an elcheapo company

Negative margin, in fact - each Lumia sale generated an operating loss of €50 (€400mn loss, 8mn device sales). Nokia would have been in better shape by selling not a single WP device in the last quarter - chasing higher volume is commercial suicide when each sake is losing money. Reducing volume and raising prices is the only sane solution unless you have money to burn (Nokia doesn't, Microsoft does).

Or swap WP out for Android, and call time on the failed WP experiment - I guess Nokia have at least acknowledged the latter by dumping the D&S business.

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: And if, in the event...

Perhaps this deal allows Samsung to develop Tizen

More likely this deal is the death knell for Tizen, which could/should be taken out back and put out of its misery. It has served it's purpose, which was to put the frightners on Google, and with Samsung now having gained a 10-year licence to future Google technology it is needed no more.

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NTT DoCoMo says two mobe OSes are enough, so sayonara to Tizen

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Re: Tizen is a total basket case

Given how dominant Google are should be just let them have monopolies in everything?

As outlined in the article, there are other options to Google - Firefox OS, Sailfish OS (which is showing a lot of promise), and maybe eventually one day Ubuntu Phone. I'd be much more supportive of those platforms as alternatives to Google than anything designed and controlled by Samsung, Intel and a cartel of cellular operators.

In fact, Android actually holds more appeal than Tizen, given the provenance of the latter.

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FAIL

Tizen is a total basket case

Designed by committee, with an architecture that changes from one week to the next. One week it's Enlightenment, another it's Qt, this week? Who knows. Who even cares?

It's an OS that is driven by the vested interests of Intel and Samsung, not to mention mobile operators, and consequently it's a total mess from both a technical and ethical POV. It's supposed to be open, but all you get is massive code drops and fark all public discussion on technical issues or future direction - things just happen, deal with it, is the Tizen approach to "open" developer relations.

I doubt anyone will be disappointed to hear it's been delayed yet again. Is there anyone that actually wants Tizen to succeed? Apart from Samsung, of course, although I'm not entirely sure about Intel's motives...

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Rarin' to buy an Ubuntu phone? Maybe not until 2015, Canonical man says

Zola
Linux

Glad I bought my Jolla phone instead of waiting for Canonical

Sailfish OS may be beta and far from perfect, but it shows a lot of promise, is a full Linux distro (including ssh, rsync and even git clients as standard!) and more importantly it's available today.

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Thumb Up

So, no ARM in Microsoft data centres

Coming from the software giant that has utterly failed at producing a single worthwhile software product that runs on ARM, it's hardly surprising as Windows Server RT would be even more of a turd than regular RT.

This news is really just an acceptance from Microsoft that ARM in data centres will be running Linux and Microsoft is unlikely to get a look in so why even bother. And nobody will shed a tear.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Thumb Up

Bollox, I hate Belkin

And I have vowed never to buy any of their tat. But this I like, and I might have to make an exception (once the price comes down).

$299 really is steep, maybe too steep. I used to own a pair of WRT54GS and they were cheap as chips even when brand new (ended up running Tomato on them in the end). Now that Belkin/Linksys officially approve of third party firmware, is the high price some sort of open source premium (aka gouging)?

Would be nice if they included an ADSL2+ modem in this as well. And frankly, for the price they're charging, it should have it already.

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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

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Go

Qt 5 framework on a Smart TV

Now a Smart TV UI built with Qt 5? I'd like to see that.

But WebOS? No thanks, and that's speaking as someone who owned a firesale Touchpad.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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Re: 10% market share

They're stopping making phones full stop.

And given the decline in feature phone sales as everyone migrates to cheap Android, that too is probably for the best. I imagine the downvotes are all from the Windows Phone fanbois - I reckon I've peaked at 3 unless they've got multiple accounts!

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Facepalm

10% market share

Sounds good until you realise Nokia lose money on practically every sale (negative margin 3%, ASP in free-fall according to last results) but that 15% share that Apple have? It earns them hundreds of pounds from every device sale. Rather than continue to lose more money on increasing device sales Nokia would be financially better off with 0% market share (as long as they stopped making Windows Phone products, oh hang on, that's what they're doing isn't it?)

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Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

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Facepalm

64-bit, eh?

Wasn't that ex-Intel now Qualcomm mouthpiece Chandrasekhar dismissing 64-bit ARM as a gimmick just a few months ago when Apple launched the A7? No surprise to discover he was swiftly sidelined where nobody need pay him any further attention.

As for Qualcomm in China, interesting move but their market dominance is likely to prove a more formidable challenge to future growth in that region with the Chinese government already investigating the company under anti-monopoly laws. Frankly I'd rather see less Qualcomm and more choice in the West too.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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Trollface

Wot, no Tizen?

See Title.

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

Zola

Re: Cameras?

I wonder if their camera people went with the phone people or not.

Sadly yes the camera people did go with the phone people to Microsoft.

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US watchdog snaps on thick gloves to probe Tesla's FIREBALL e-cars

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WTF?

Worrying attitude towards safety

I am really not trying to mess up his business model. I am trying to do this to actually keep people safer

Isn't Musk building rockets to send people into space? With such a cavalier attitude towards safety I do hope there's someone like Strickland overseeing the space industry that is able to remind Musk where his responsibilities lie.

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Intel: 'Y'know that GPU-accelerated computing craze? Fuggedaboutit'

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FAIL

Intel failed at making decent GPUs

So of course they're going to say GPU compute is just a phase.

When all you are able to design is a CPU...

That's not to say that whatever Intel create doesn't have a place, but rubbishing the alternatives because you tried and failed doesn't reflect well on Intel.

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Jolla's Android-aping Sailfish OS smartphones to land in November

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Re: Yandex? Chinese investors?

They've been very clear from the outset that for them, China is a major market - more so than North America and given the success of Xiaomi it makes an awful lot of sense. They signed up a major Chinese retailer early on so this really shouldn't come as a surprise. You also won't have to use Yandex, other app stores will be supported.

As for the split personality, that's exactly what MeeGo/Maemo set out to achieve (and with a fair degree of success - it proved it could be done).

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Zola

Re: Interesting interview with Jolla Sailfish OS UI designer

Very obvious WP influence in the designs on that page. From the App store to the fonts.

The app store is from Yandex not Jolla, a third party Android app that has nothing to do with Sailfish UI design, nor should it given its purpose (installing Android apps, which also are unlikely to follow the Sailfish UI design guide too closely).

As for the fonts, they're very similar to what MeeGo uses/used. But then you can say that about pretty much any relatively modern sans serif font. I would accept that Sailfish appears to be rather more "text heavy" in much the same way WP is.

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Zola
Go

Interesting interview with Jolla Sailfish OS UI designer

Jakko Roppola

I've got my Jolla phone on pre-order as my N950 is in need of an upgrade, can't wait! :-)

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Re: [snipped by mod]

mod edit - please at least try not to insult his appearance

OK fair does, apologies to all Welsh baldies, but the teeth-sucking does really grate.

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Zola
Holmes

[snipped by mod]

Rory Cellan-Jones makes me cringe with his fawning and general lack of insight which makes BBC tech coverage typically no better than that of T3 or The Gadget Show (both utter jokes). Hardly a surprise they should focus so heavily and unquestioningly on the Twitter IPO rather than the more important underlying issues.

mod edit - please at least try not to insult his appearance

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Hands on: We play with the slippery Lumia 1520, Nokia's first phondleslab

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WTF?

The last ever 'proper' Nok?

Surely that was the N9, or maybe the 808.

Lumias have never had that feeling of being truly "Nokia" - maybe it was the fact they were made by Compal on behalf of Nokia, or ran a non-Nokia OS, but so little about them was Nokia apart from the branding and industrial design.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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Re: All new Nokia tablet....=]

but for others RT puts Office in a cheap, 15 hour laptop.

It's not the full Office though, is it? It's the crippled version that doesn't support Macros, which makes it pretty useless in a corporate environment (or for those expecting to open "complex" documents). And if all you want is to knock out the occasional word processed document or spreadsheet, there are free "Office" products capable of that on just about every other platform.

Plus you need to factor in the price of the keyboard for it to be a "laptop" and it's not really a cheap laptop after all.

If Office on RT did all that the full-fat Office version did, I'd agree that RT would be a lot more compelling, but since it doesn't, it's not.

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