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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Angel

And what would happen

If the BOFH and the PFY got to control it?

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

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I fully expected to see George Clooney drifting by in that video..

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Re: No Bar!!

And at least a half-dozen shoe shops.

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Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

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Joke

And how much wifi info did it slurp on the way round?

Or did it have a bunch of GoPros attached to the bottom?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Prior Art

But there was also another called Text 'n Walk at the same time.

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Re: Prior Art

There's been an iPhone app available since 2009

http://threewordchant.com/2009/05/28/see-through-iphone-app-for-texting-while-walking/

(still only shows the feet though!)

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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Re: mirrors the endless discussion of Max Clifford's penis

Me Too.

I remember when all the Saville stuff started to break, Clifford was quoted as saying (something like) "There's an awful lot of famou people going to be very worried now."

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Resolution

This has nothing to do with the missing flight.

I often wondered why the Google Earth imagery of Holland went from fanstatic to barely useable a few years ago. and also why several other high-res pictures siddenly became similarly bad.

The example I would quote is of the prison in Scheveningen in Den Haag.

Originally the view was so fanstastic you could see the schadow (sorry) of the tennis net on the court and actually see the netting (true - not making it up for effect). It was also possible to clearly identify individual items in the exercise yard. I'm sure that if any of the tennis-playing inmates had access to the pictures they could easily have identified themselves too - particularly the guy doing press-ups (and his guard).

A short distance from the prison is Madurodam, Holland's world-famous model village. The images there of the model jumbos at Schipol and the ships in Rotterdam were as good as the images we now see of real life ships and planes now.

It's all gone - the Holland imagery is now rubbish - as is Paris and London.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: Deja Vu

Except that Apple doesn't have a proprietry charger. It's charger will charge every make of phone.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Needle nose pliers

And the Needle-nardle-noo pliers are quite good for removing goons.

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Re: @ Aaiieeee

Generally you will find them with the several 3-way 13A plug adaptors that the wife has put away so that you know where they are.

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Envelopes.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Proops (in Lincoln)

Not really. Back in the 60s and 70s there was an amazing shop at the bottom end of Steep hill that was a lot like Proops. It was run by an amiable soul called Johnny Birkett.

He sold loads of 'government surplus' and had all manner of stuff in his window and store rooms (plus all those cheap Eagle things). It was where you went if you wanted an HF receiver from a Lancaster bomber or a servo gun-sight for your Aden cannon.

Rumour has it that when a Vulcan at Scampton was desperately short of an item that stores couldn't get (even VOG) (never understood what that meant) a quick call to Johnny Birketts was enough to keep our nuclear deterrent on QRA (I knew what that one meant).

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Henry's

There's still a Henry's in the Edgware Road, same location for the last 40-odd years. Not sure if it's the same ownership though as all the other shops seem to have gone.

Then there was Lasky's (the length of TCR)!

I've still got a load of Bulgin plugs (but no sockets) bought from Home Radio.

With regard to Maplin prices, they were the cheapest place to buy the little half-length lithium PRAM batteries for the original iMacs. I seem to remember buying them at about £3.90 or thereabouts. Now they are over £9.00 - which is a bit steep when I can buya pack of 4 AA Lithium Enenergisers for less than £6.00.

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Re: Two way adapters

And then, after christmas, you'll find them all where the wife put them.

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

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Music Tastemakers?

What?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Plasticky handset

It might be made of plastic but it's certainly not plasticky. In fact it feels like enamelled metal.

I must admit that after the launch of the 5S and 5C all I saw were 5Ss, even in the phone shops - the 5C was nowhere to be seen.

However over the last 3 or 4 weeks I have seen an increasing number of 5Cs, mostly (as reported above) in the hands of young (teenage) girls.

One exception is an eighty-year-old client of mine who has bought a green one.

I am tempted to get one myself to replace my trusty reliable iPhone 4 - which iOS7 has turned into a dog!

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Buzzwords buzzed my sheeple!

But some of these quad-copters (or whatever the correct term for them is) are not toys.

Take a mosey down to the Excel next week and you will see a range of these things, ranging in size from a couple of feet across to a couple of metres across and capable of lifting hefty DSLRs with remote pan, tilt and zoom.

I'm guessing that the flyer in this case was on the larger side because the overall stability is very, very good and the height it acheives is impressive. (Yes it could have been stabilied in post, but I don't think it was).

As I've said earlier, this kid knows how to fly this thing.

The BBC used something like this over the flooded tracks at Datchet - but their film was nowhere near as good.

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Nancy

I didn't realise what a beautiful city it is.

This lad's film is a brilliant promotion for the city.

And...This kid can really fly.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Didn't Apple deep-six profssional users with Final Cut Pro X ?

Why not look up some new comments - July 2011 is a long time ago.

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Re WatAWorld

That was then. Look at the date of the link you cited - two and a half years ago! A lot has changed since then.

The Film is being edited by 6 editors working on the latest version of FCP X working together as a distributed job working with 4K video and 40TB or raw footage.

Here's a quote from an editor of 37+years experiencel

"We have been using FCPX on a professional level for a long time now, so the fact that a Hollywood studio feature is being cut on it neither surprises me, nor does it make any difference to us. But I hope it will finally stop some people from still posting idiotic statements as "FCPX is not ready for professional use" on various forums. "

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Re: Final Cut Pro X?

Wrong. Warner Bros have a $100M film being edited in FCP X right now. And from what I've been reading in various video-related postings, some of those who abandoned the FCP ship after the intiial launch have been revisiting and are finding that the new version is so easy to use and so slick (and capable) that many are adusting to the new workflow and returning to the fold (as it were).

<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/83441833" width="500" height="281" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Cointerra promises free, specced-up boxen for late shipments of first gen miners

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Happy

1 gigahash

equals 1000 megaspliffs

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen - Samsung are simply better value

Until they Kack.

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Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Same here.

Daughter bought a Samsung TV, we bought them a Samsung cinema system to go with it.

Just over 18 months later the TV screen went kack. 6 or so months after that the surround sound went kack.

No more Samsung anything for me.

On the other hand, I know a number of Sony Trinitrons (and some monitors) still going strong.

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

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So are these patents 'world' patents or just 'American' patents ? (regardeless of were they are held)

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Re: Bing

Just tried it here on Bing and HMRC came up first as well - no ads either.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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4MB ED

If there's anyone out there who can print me out a bunch of Archive and Quill files from 4MB ED floppies.

d love to hear from them.

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Re: Nice article, thanks Reg

"It got to the stage where people wanted standard floppy drives and to use standard printers."

WhenI eventually retired mine (it's in the loft staring at me when i go in there) it had twin 3.5 inch floppies and was on its second 'standard' printer. The first was the universally popular Citizen LSP10. Evenually I got sick of the noise and replaced it with an Epson Laser that cost me about £700 (possibly more). Both of them connected with a 'standard' serial to Centronics (bought for about £29 at MicroAnvica's first shop in TCR.)

I'm another one who didn't have problems with microdives - but as soon as the floppies came along the MDs were never used again.

That machine earned me quite a lot of dosh at the time. Th Psion suite along with Tony Tebby's QJump OS made it a terrific machine to use.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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AK and Apple

I may just be hallucinating, but I have a recollection of AK being one of Steve Jobs' special guests at the end of some iProduct launch.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: Life imitates the Simpsons

I got the elephant version.

Works well.

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Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

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A Canteen?

I should hope it contains more than one.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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Or even worse

http://gawker.com/christian-science-church-looks-like-a-giant-dick-from-s-1454084292

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China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

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Re: oh come on!

What's the Port Of London Authority got to do with all this?

I thought they just cleared the rubbish out of the Thames.

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...

"iPhones are updated by Apple, and most devices are now on iOS7."

Not in this house!

1 is on iOS7, 2 are on iOS5

You can choose to update or not. Only 1 in this house has chosen to update - and I expect that there are a significant number of others (outside this house) who do not like the new OS, running iOS 6.

(They are not all outside my house - some of them live round the corner.)

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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No Queues?

Perhaps, only perhaps, the fact that you no longer have to go to Regent Street to buy a new Apple product has something to do with it.

From my house I can visit Apple stores in Watford, Shepherd's Bush, Stratford and Regent Street with train/tube journeys of approximately 30-45 minutes. Additionally I can get a bus to Brent Cross.

The Covent Garden store is there for the tourists (the Russians etc.)

There are so many stores now that queuing is generally unnecessary (especially in the rain and cold).

My store of choice used to be Brent Cross but now it's Watford.

(Oh, and I forgot, it's so easy to buy the things online too).

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Already seen this

Had them here too, and the Companies House ones. Haven't had one for about 2 weeks though.

This weeks it's been mms messeages into several email accounts - purporting to be from T-Mobile.

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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extras?

Over the last three years we replaced all our CRT tellies with flatties. A Humax in the bedroom, A Tosh in the kitchen and a lovely HD Panasonic Plasma in the lounge. All work beautifully but all have their quirks.

The Humax has its Guide & Info buttons in completely unrelated positions on the remote. The Tosh has an awful remote and takes at least 10 seconds to respond to any command from it. The Panasonic kills whichever program you are watching should you select the guide - but the guide is good and the info button is right where it should be.

At Christmas I added an Panasonic BD player which gave us all the connectivity we could want - but at a price.

The other half uses Skype to talk to her mother in New York and a cousin in Jackson.

Skype is one of the 'features' of the connected player.

Fire it up (from the TV remote - easy) and it says "There is no camera connected". So I go up the road to Currys and buy a USB camera by HP.

Plug it in, launch skype - "There is no camera connected"

Turns out I have to buy a Panasonic USB camera at £120 in order to be able to use Skype.

(That sort of con puts Apple's pricing practices into a much lower league)

I see they are a little cheaper now, but still - why can I not use a off-the-shelf camera like any computer can.?

So if anyone can tell me how I can convince my BD player that the HP camera is a Panasonic camera I'd be much obliged.

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Dead Steve Jobs' Apple donut SPACESHIP HQ gets permission to land

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2.8 million square foot?

Shirley that should be 2.8 million round foot.

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Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

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Re: A Video mellotron?

Actually this was it.

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

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A Video mellotron?

Back in the early 70s (71 IIRC) I witnessed a demo of what was a video combination of a Mellotron and a cart marchine (as used for playing radio jingles).

It was made by Ampex, used 2inch tape and was designed for commercial TV stations so that the content of advert breaks could be altered at will and at the last minute.

Individual ads were stored on tape in a small box akin to an audio cart. Except that they were bigger (they had 2inch tape in them) and the tape was stored as a single strip loose in a wave (there was no spool IIRC) with one end of the tape poking out of a slot in the side of the box. I can't remember if the tape rested on its edge or was layed flat - it's a long time ago, but logic suggests that it would stand on its edge for the wave to work better.

The boxes were loaded up into the machine prior to the commercial break in the sequence they were to be played. At the required time the machine went into action and the first two ads were loaded up ready to play.

This was rather clever, The tape was extracted from its box and laced up pneumatically, ready to play on cue, with the second tape loaded ready to play on the end cue of tape one (there were two seperate playback mechanisms - I should have said that earlier).

While tape 2 was playing, tape 1 was magically sucked (or blown) back into its box, shuffled out of the way and tape 3 moved into position ready for its sucking lace-up and cuing. - and so on until the end of the ad break.

The 'carts' could be resequenced right up to going on air.

I may be wrong about the wave storage - there could have been a spring-loaded rewind reel in the box but I don't remember that there was.

I seem to recall thinking that the possibilty of this going seriously wrong was quite high as there was so much going on and loose tape was involved.

I don't know if any were sold as I never saw one again. (and it was a big beast!)

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Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S

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Re: How exactly...

I was wondering about that too.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: Electronic waste

Instead of mandating the connector on the phone why not just mandate the wart. Apple's wart has a standard USB socket on it and many have interchangeable power pins for different countries.

All that's needed is a cable - and most people already have those if they sync to their computers or connect to car socket chargers.

Anyone who comes to our house, regardless of the make of their phone,(Kindle, Kobo, tablet) can recharge using any of our iPhone chargers.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Macs neither impressed either one of us

Dear Jedidiah

Please complete the above sentence so that it makes sense.

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Handwriting

A colleague of mine won a Newton at the Apple launch event at Olympia.

The following day at work we all (naturally) had a play with it, writing our names (and various rude phrases).

Most names and phrases were interpreted quite well (apart from some of the rude bits, but one chap (I'll have to use his real name) called Nick O'Brian had his name interpreted as "Slick O Berlin"

And from then on that's what we all called him.

I got to use an eMate for a while and I must say I really liked it. We were able to connect it to both macs and pcs and the software was really quite clever. I don't remember what happened to it though.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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"the controls were a joystick of sorts"

I was big into cassettes in the 70s and early 80s and owned and used a wide range of machines.

I had a number of 'desktop' Philips models that all had pianokey-style controls. However, if you opened up the case you found that it was the same basic joystick contol mechanism with some very clevery mechanicals translating the various keypresses into the joystick movement.

One of the nice things about Philips kit was that (compared to almost all the Japanese kit) was that they had metal chassis that could be removed from the case, all the circuitry was on discrete boards that could be changed individually. Most of the Japanese units of the time (Akai, Sansui, Sharp, Sony and TEAC) had one big board inside and were very difficult to work on as everything was fixed to the case amd access was through the base. Even those that you could get out of the case were difficult to work on as they were often lop-sided and had to to propped up with bits of wood to get the moving parts (particulatly the capstan flywheel) off the bench surface. The Philips on the other hand, with their chassis, could be run on the bench as normal units.

I remember running a radio staion in the middle-east back then, using 1 turntable and 2 cassette decks as sources. The most important thing was the BIC pen!

Nice article (and a degree of 'fondness' in the comments)

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Re: Casettes did much more...

I seem to remember that claim being made about the rise of the Ayatolla (who was living in France I believe) and the subsequent fall of the Shah.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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what happened to pico?

A couple of year ago I was serioiusly thinking about buying a pico projector but typically, coudn't make my mind up. I looked at several, Philips, Casio, LG, Optoma (and some others I forget now).

Although some could produce decent sized images, none were really bright enough for use except in a blacked-out room (there was onew that was very bright - but also quite expensive compared to the others. Anyway i didn't bother, thinking that give it a year and they'll be better and cheaper.

January this year at the BETT, I could only find one pico projector.

What happened to all the others?

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Happy

Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote

But the hookers are only there for the tomatoes.

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Apple Maps. Remember that? Apple does. It just gobbled Locationary

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Happy

Re: Come on you know the real problem with Apple Maps

The first genuinely witty version of the immortal phrase.

Have an upvote

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