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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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doesn't go far enough

Law's like this should require the automatic unlocking of phones when the contract term is reached provided the account is up to date. The provider shouldn't be allowed to charge a fee for the unlock. If the provider incurs a cost for unlocking the phone they should build this into the contract cost.

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: The NSA must be happy

I doubt there was any need, I'm sure GCHQ happily hand over all government communications to the NSA without question

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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of course people aren't upgrading

when you upgrade a point release of 13 it happens in the background without you doing anything, when 14 came out you are presented with an update wizard that takes you to the adobe website to download version 14. This all happens when you are logging in to your computer, how many people have time to download an install an update when they have just logged on to their computer. It's the second most stupid auto updater after the idiotic java which asks for elevated privileges before it asks if you'd like to install the update and only then does it go and download the actual update to install it along with the ask Jeeves toolbar.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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I'm not an Apple apologist and dislike most of their products but the iPhone 4 battery is pretty easy to replace. 2 Screws and the back slides off, the battery just unplugs and you plug in a new one. No clips, no glue no soldering, if it's a 4 rather than a 4S then they are standard screws. Not as easy as some but by no means a reason to replace the whole phone.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Try the Trendnet TEW-818DRU

Or if you want something cheaper then some of the TP-Link stuff is fairly decent once you install dd-wrt

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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PSK?

This is why PSK is not suitable for anything other than guest, public or home wifi. Anything more serious should be using certificates with a proper crl in place.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

Don't forget they're talking US mpg, 50mpg in the US is around 60mpg over here due to the larger gallon.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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change file extension

Why would you change the file extension when your preferred zip client is 7zip? just right click, 7zip, open archive.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: The names...

It's to make price comparison impossible, you provide individual stores with their own models so Curry's will sell you a SV55WEKs where as Amazon only have the SV55WEKt, what's the difference? probably nothing but it makes a price comparison very tricky.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Microsoft Office is in Big Doo Doo

Um, did you notice you get the web components of office 365 for free also? You only have to pay if you're a) a business or b) you want the full install versions of the office programs so you can use them without an Internet connection.

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

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Re: Stop!

Also isn't the fastest SATA speed 6Gb/s? To get to 12Gb/s you need SAS.

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Flaws open gates to WordPress en-masse SEO beat-down

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you're missing something, the words "all-in-one" from your plugin name

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What's that you say? HP's going to do WHAT to 3PAR StoreServs?

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Reasons for revealing a new feature

1. said feature currently sucks ass and you've no idea when it's going to be ready for use so you don't want to be done for misselling

2. You intend to release said feature soon but when you do it will be part of a new product so you don't want people to not buy your current product whilst they wait for your new product to be released.

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Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

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Re: Since When?

Maybe it's an Asus thing, I have an Asus board in my PC and had to install low profile RAM to fit under the heat-sink. It was surprisingly hard to find 4GB low profile DDR3 sticks.

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Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

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Not that simple

You see WD bought the hard drive business from Hitachi but weren't allowed to keep all of it so half of it went to Toshiba and the other half went to WD where it is now called HGST so HGST drives are either WD drives branded as HGST or Hitachi drives manufactured by WD branded as HGST. Toshiba drives might be Hitachi drives manufactured by Toshiba branded Toshiba or they might be Toshiba drives.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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ummm, it's easy enough to get the old passwords, the users give them to you when they log in.

user logs in check password using old hashing method if correct hash password using new method and store as people log in their hashes are updated nobody needs a new password, sure it's not as secure as changing everyone's passwords but it's going to be a lot cheaper.

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Re: Sigh ...

you can't just keep the last N hashes, if someone decides that your passwords have to be dissimilar then there is no way to test for this. The has for password1 is completely different to the hash for password2 so there is no way to tell from the hashes that the user has just changed the number on the end of the password.

Also some systems, banks for example, ask you to enter the 3rd and 7th characters of your password. Again this isn't possible with a one way hash unless you hash each character individually and then rainbow tables are going to be pretty quick to construct.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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Re: Slightly schizophrenic review

It also makes no sense having your keyboard layout in the qwerty style, the dvorak is a much better layout for a keyboard. Thing is once you're used to typing on a qwerty keyboard everything else is a nightmare, same goes for all the modified keys.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Here transit

Pretty sure the Nokia Here transit on my windows phone does this as well and has done for at least a year. Still it's nice to see other platforms can catch up.

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Licensing changes mean Redmond's IoT plan brings cheap VDI

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waste of time

I thought this article was going to say that clients running 7 or 8 embeded didn't need a license, but bringing them into SA is stupid. It might be cheaper than the VDA but,

1. the saving in the cost of the license will be negated by the extra money required for a thin client running windows embeded over something running a linux or wyse OS.

2. SA is still a subscription that you have to keep paying rather than being a perpetual license.

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Dropbox squashes boring bug, restores file sharing

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Re: All your files are belong to us

Of course you are right, if you're going to put files online you either accept that they could be accessed by anyone or you encrypt them yourself, but Dropbox shouldn't be claiming that their service is a secure way to store files.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: still no top left double click to close

it's not hard to click the big red X once, in fact it's easier than double clicking the top left corner. However, if your mouse pointer is already near the top left corner of a windows then it's quicker (particularly on a laptop) to double click the top left corner. When you have one program out of all the programs on your computer that responds differently then this is a pain.

Chrome and IE both have similar tab layouts and have both removed the application icon from the top left but they have both maintained the double click to close functionality.

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still no top left double click to close

since the dawn of time it has been possible to close windows programs by double clicking the top left corner of the window, a hang over from when that was the way you closed windows. In firefox when the orange button arrived we lost this option. I had hoped that when the orange button went and some blank space appeared next to the tabs that this would return but no such luck. Firefox will remain the only browser that needs to be closed from the top right.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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POE?

Is it just me or does anyone else think PoE is kind of pointless for a NAS.PoE is useful for devices that have to be in a particular location, phones, CCTV cameras, wireless access points. A NAS is just as useful right next to the switch from which it is drawing power. Any device that needs to store data remotely is going to include that capability on the device, most likely through the use of an SD card.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Re: 90 degrees

Konica Minolta made one, for it's time a pretty decent camera. Sony also made some, I'm guessing from the Minolta designs after the acquisition.

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

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pretty sure that's right

I think you have two email addresses one sends the files for free but only if your kindle is connected via wifi and the other you have to pay for.

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Developer unlocked?

developer unlocking a windows 8 phone is easy you just plug it in to your computer and visit the developer site.

Your windows 7 phone won't run windows 8 though, windows 8 needs a dual core processor.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Not Engineering

"Even at home listening to NS10m's I can tell the difference between a Cubase track made at 16bit/44.1 and a track made at 24bit/96Kh."

The important difference here is that you are listening to a track _made_ at higher resolution. Once you bounce that track down and do your mastering from your 24/96 session. You can convert the file to 16/44.1 and you won't be able to tell the difference.

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Fuzz

no market

There's just no market for this

You've got the set of people who own a bluray player

A subset of those being the people that own a bluray player that isn't just a playstation or an xbox (fan noise from these devices is going to negate any theoretical audio improvement)

A subset of those being people who have their bluray connected to an audio system that isn't just the TV

A subset of those being people who listen to music at all

A subset of those being people who believe that they can tell the difference between music at 24/96 and a CD.

You see the music industry thinks that the reason people bought DVDs over videos was because they were better quality. This isn't true, the main reason for DVDs becoming popular was that you didn't have to rewind them. Same with CDs, they were smaller than vinyl and unlike tapes they didn't get chewed up. Bluray audio is worse than CD for most people, can't play it in the car, can't put it on your iPod, costs more.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

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mini?

Is it just me that thinks 4.5" isn't particularly mini? The original Galaxy S only had a 4" screen. My HTC Touch Diamond had a 2.8" screen, that was mini.

I'm all for big phones (up to a point) my current phone has a 4.7" screen and I find it useful, but if I want a _mini_ smartphone I kind of expect it to be mini, like the mini car, oh yeah I remember that's not very mini either anymore.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: Spotify

"I would buy a whole lot more CDs, if they weren't STILL pricing at £20-£30 a piece even for old school stuff such as I listen to."

Where are you buying your CDs? I can't remember the last time I paid more than £8 for an album and even that is the price you pay on day of release.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt has some uses, it makes a great universal docking station connector for one.

Using it as an interface for a single portable hard drive via a SATA 3 interface is just stupid. In the future maybe we'll see some sort of PCI-E SSD connected over thunderbolt which would actually take advantage of the speed but ultimately very few people are going to benefit so the price will remain high.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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colour screen?

That battery should last at least 10 minutes.

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

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solving?

My understanding of these kinds of robots is that they don't actually solve the cube. They instead lookup the current state in a database of solutions. The robotics are pretty clever though. A couple of thoughts though, 1. would it be quicker to use 6 hands rather than 4, 2. are they still spinning the cube at the start and using the camera on the phone to read in the current state? If so wouldn't they be better with 6 cameras so they could scan all sides at the same time?

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: Alibaba actaully sells stuff?

Alibaba deal in wholesale. If you've ever bought anything from ebay that orginated in China from cheap audio connectors to no name tablets right through to small diesel generators or hand tools. Chances are it was sold wholesale on Alibaba.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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"For mobile companies in the bulk / "free" handset segment, selling directly to carriers instead of end-users, Apple and Samsung are not "competitors";"

I agree with you on Apple, but Samsung compete across all phone markets from crappy candy bar handsets that struggle to do much beyond make calls, through a succession of Android devices from the very cheap right up to the S5. They also dabble in other OSes including Windows phone. I'd say Samsung is exactly the company Huawei are trying to compete with.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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will it have downloadable maps?

One of the really useful features of the nokia here maps on my windows phone is that you can choose to download a region of maps to the phone. This means you can download a map of a foreign city you are visiting and actually use some of the features of your smartphone without needing to hunt down a wifi hotspot.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: “high resolution” albums

forget $1000 power cords, you're not going to get any kind of decent quality unless you use £1600 Ethernet cables http://www.chord.co.uk/product/chord-sarum-ethernet-tuned-aray/

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Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

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Re: Reinventing the wheel?

"But when taking closer look at the actual explanation it becomes even more bothersome. For starters this thing is for i386 (32bit) environments only, that doesn't sound too reassuring to me. I also don't quite grasp the potential of this still being a userland process."

Where to start with this?

First up EMET runs fine on 64bit systems, some of the mitigations are only available for 32bit processes. The ASR mitigation (the one that deals with java in the browser) is available for both 32bit and 64bit processes. However modern versions of IE don't have 32bit and 64bit versions, they run as 64bit and spawn 32bit processes as required to run plugins.

The article you linked to concerns EMET 4.1 and includes a paragraph at the bottom thanking Microsoft for working with with them and I would expect the new release 5.0 to include fixes for the workarounds Bromium labs presented.

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Re: More security is a good thing

A lot of the functionality in EMET is already built in to Windows 7, the toolkit is there either to allow you to configure it on a more granular basis or to add that functionality in to XP or Vista.

Also this is a technical preview of version 5.0 of the tool. Version 4.1 (the current release version) is fully ready for the enterprise.

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IBM stuffs 64Gbps of traffic down 'low quality' fibres

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57 Metres

Seems like quite a short link, what kind of speed can they get over 500m or 2Km of multimode?

If you've only got 60 metres of fibre then it's not going to be a big cost to replace it with singlemode if the need arises.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Headmaster

Re: Terrorism

Judge - "How does 15 years suit you, you selfish little fuck? <Bangs gavel.> Take him down..."

sounds like a great system, of course UK judges don't have gavels.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: Still far too slow

This is a micro SD card, it's not for putting in your £2000 camera, it's for phones.

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Re: I'd love to get a couple.

Also, this is news because it's the first _micro_ SD card that holds 128GB. You can already get fullsize 128GB SD cards and they are massively faster than this so would be far more suitable for readyboost.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Can't think of many applications for this

The only thing I can think of so far is a digital camera. Pictures can be geotagged whilst you're out without waiting for acquisition times and without draining the battery too much. Then when you transfer the pictures on to your computer you can calculate the actual locations.

It doesn't work for any kind of live GPS system because your power saving is going to be outweighed by the power use from the data send/receive. Also GPS will stop working if you have no mobile signal.

There's no point for anything with an engine because the power used by GPS is peanuts compared to that generated by the engine.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

as above, I've never had a problem with prime. They've even started delivering items on Sunday that you ordered on Saturday.

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Re: Meh

seems to be some confusion here

Lovefilm by post = huge selection, pretty much any movie you want

Lovefilm instant = poor selection of both old and new films

If lovefilm instant had the selection of lovefilm by post, I'd sign up straight away, and I'd pay more than £5.99 a month. For £15 a month you can get a cineworld cinema pass that lets you watch every film that gets shown in the cinema. It should be possible to produce a streaming service that does the same and includes old films.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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that's not how it works

PTR records have nothing to do with SSL certificates. I'd bet most websites have either PTR records that don't match the A record or have no PTR record at all.

The certificate for https://gofail.com is perfectly valid so that site should load correctly on any computer, what the site tries to do is load a png from another server/vhost hosted on a different port at the domain. That server has a messed up certificate and won't load if your browser works properly. The site then uses a bit of jscript to show/hide an element to tell you if your browser is vulnerable or not.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

yep, loads of people are still on iOS 6 on there phones because they don't want iOS 7

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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Re: Also missing......

there are loads of podcast apps and I use one of them. Fact is windows phone has built in podcast support with background download over wifi but you can't use it outside of the US which is plain stupid. Even if the podcasts aren't made available in the store they should provide a way to grab the xml link and subscribe that way.

One of the big features on Windows Phone is the integration, you don't need separate apps for facebook or twitter because that stuff is built in to the OS. Podcasts are also built in to the OS just disabled outside of the US

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