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Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

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why?

what exactly makes this better than any other router for this purpose?

As Powelly has said, they should have put a 3G card in it that way it's more use than a normal router. As it is you're just paying a lot of money for router in a bag.

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Apple iPad 3 Sim-only contracts compared

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t-mobile

Why would you sign your life away for 18 months? Just buy yourself a prepay dongle, £29.99 gets you 90 days of "unllmited" access and a dongle. At the end of the 90 days just buy yourself a new dongle or have a look around for a better deal. Sell the dongles on ebay to recoup some of the money.

To anybody suggesting giffgaff, give me a break. I have a giffgaff sim in my phone and the data service is appalling.

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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

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Now this is a good idea providing the HD copies

1. are in 1080p

2. contain proper 5.1 surround

I'd gladly pay $5 per disc to upgrade my DVDs to HD.

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DLNA blesses HomePlug Ethernet-over-mains tech

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tried poweline

I had some powerline adaptors I was using to stream video, wifi reception was too poor so this was a good alternative. It worked great for about 12 months then one day the adaptors started showing average or poor signal suddenly it wasn't possible to stream even low quality iplayer, let alone full bluray rips. In the end I just put in a run of outdoor coax, gigabit speeds, perfect reliability.

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Jester hacker brags of mobe attack on Anonymous, baby-kisser

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Re: Anyone who uses a QR code

The same could be said for any url shortening service.

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Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook 14in rugged laptop

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Forgot the customary moan

1366x768? On a 14" screen? This laptop is not for watching films. The screen on this should be 1280x1024 or 1440x900

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Human 4G masts assemble roaming hobonet for pennies

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Re: Shocking as it might sound

"getting wireless coverage at a music festival is a perfect opportunity to pay a (small) amount for utility and charity."

Totally but it would most likely be better to install poles to mount the masts and then give proceeds to charity.

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Is there money in it?

That's the question to ask,

Selling the big issue is fine because it is possible to make money selling magazines on the street, it's a business model that works.

I just can't see that this is a business model that works, who are you targeting? Can't be mobile phone users, if you can get on the mobile network then so can they. Can't be laptop users, to use a laptop to any degree you need to be sat down, if people are sat down, get them some chairs, sell them coffee and attach your wifi to a pole, much cheaper than a person. So that just leaves tablet users who don't also have a cellular connection on their device.

I think that puts this firmly in the degrading camp and is probably a step down from begging.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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search box

The search box is still there and still works as a run box. Hit the windows key or click the non existent start button and start typing. They've messed one thing up though, in windows 7 you can load programs, documents or control panel just buy hitting start, typing the thing you're after and hitting return. In Windows 8 if you're looking for a control panel item, e.g. you're after power settings so you hit start type "power options" and hit return. On windows 8 if you do this you're told there are no results because by default you can only select the programs loading a control panel item or a document requires a click of the mouse.

I disagree with the author about the metro start being better for finding apps, where are the nested folders?

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iPhone tethering app uses HTML5 to defeat Apple's censors

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clever

So now Apple can have the networks annoyed at them for allowing tethering that hasn't been paid for and they're missing out on 30% of any subscriptions to the app.

Of course this is easily solvable by Apple, is there a need for open incoming ports on a phone?

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

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Re: Where should I start

"It will charge my galaxy s but if I'm using satnav, the screen and GPS use more power than the charger can supply."

That means the charger doesn't have the d+ and d- pins of the USB shorted. Modern phones will only draw minimal power from a USB port unless they know it's a charger. My HTC is the same, I have a similar looking charger for my car capable of supplying 1A. I had to make up a special charging only lead that shorts the pins out. Without this the phone barely charged, and using satnav would cause the phone to slowly discharge. With the new cable charging is the same as from the mains.

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Microsoft shuttering Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace

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Re: WP / WM

Problem is there was no money in it for the device makers. I'm nursing a small collection of WM devices at work that I keep going because of a business critical app we have running. We have to wait and see what the software house turns out as an Android alternative.

I agree that no one is holding onto WM for use as a phone. The things WM always excelled at were email and calendaring.

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Re: Progress

I don't know what you're smoking but my WP7 lets me edit word and excel documents. It can also open documents stored on sharepoint or skydrive. There are loads of things wrong with WP7 but its abilities with Office documents is not one of them.

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Re: I'd gladly use a WP7 handset

15 years experience enough like HTC?

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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desktop apps on touchscreen

Microsoft need to take a look at how the Citrix client works. I find that works pretty well on my xoom, it displays the mouse pointer and uses the whole screen as a mouse pad.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Re: you mean someone actually managed to download it?

really, one thing that I can't complain about was the download speed. 2MB/s throughout.

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Dell has rapier-thin blade server in the works

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HP have had same density for years

The HP blade system can also fit 32 hosts in a 10U chassis. Difference being that HPs layout has 16 half height blades each one containing two, two socket servers. Still if you're aiming for this kind of density I doubt you're buying your servers in 1s.

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Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet

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Cost

Looks great from the spec, but what's it going to cost?

1920x1200 screen is great for Android, gives enough room for 16:9 movie @1080p + enough spare pixels for the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

The only thing that annoys me about my xoom is that it won't play back h.264 at more than standard definition unless it's encoded in a very specific way. I don't need HD for watching on the tablet but it means that I need to transcode any HD movies I have so that I can watch them.

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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

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This all sounds great

Except.

1. You still need planning permission to put up all those masts and even though

more masts=less radiation people will still oppose them so you won't be able to get the coverage.

2. 100Mbps speed or anything approaching that will only be available if you live under the mast (see 1.)

3. any mobile network based Internet is going to come with tiny bandwidth caps, e.g. 10Gb per month so with your 100Mbps it can be used in 1'40"

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

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Do people buy basic?

I haven't seen a copy of 7 basic. With Vista basic used to appear on crummy laptops that weren't high enough spec to worth buying but I've only seen Home Premium or starter on netbooks.

Also if Ultimate is dropped how will the paranoid home user encrypt their drives?

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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another ultrabook another rubbish screen

I think this would be my choice of ultrabook, I can get it for a decent price and it has a good selection of ports and a proper SSD, only Toshiba decided to fit it with a stupid low resolution screen.

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Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

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Aimed at business

If it's aimed at business, why does it have a 16:9 screen?

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HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers

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Smart Drive

So this is different to the red lights on bad drives green lights on good drives?

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Phones 4U intros Jump plan to speed smartphone upgrades

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Not really

It's not really any different to now they're just making it easier to do the following dance.

1. Sign up for a 2 year contract with a free phone

2. After 1 year sell the phone you got for free and use that money to pay off the remainder of your 2 year contract

3. Sign a new 2 year contract with a free phone.

The difference is that 2. didn't provide you with enough money to pay off your contract then you get to spread the remainder over the next 2 years. Of course if you do this every 12 months you'll very quickly get to a sizeable monthly sum.

Of course if you can afford to invest the money in a phone upfront it's much cheaper not to bother with a contract, buy a nearly new phone off of ebay and go payg or sim only. I've had my current phone for a year and it has cost me £320 including my line rental so £27 a month for a smartphone, calls, texts and Internet. If I keep the same phone for another year then that will fall to £18 per month.

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Google Wallet PIN security cracked in seconds

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Not much to see here

So to perform this hack you need physical access to the phone? Turns out that if you get hold of my wallet you will have all my credit card numbers, my driving license with my DOB and address. That sounds like a far easier way of obtaining this information.

Of course a nefarious app installed on a rooted phone is a bigger problem has it opens the potential for a remote attack. However I've yet to find a situation where pay by bonk is in any way better than cash or chip and pin.

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Ten... Freesat TV receivers

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awesome

good for you, of course you realise that BSkyB are involved in freesat so any box marked with the freesat logo some money goes to Mudock.

If you want to stick it to the man you're going to need a box without a freesat logo and with corresponding poor EPG, UI etc.

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ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone

Fuzz

As everyone who watches the wire will know, to be a drug dealer you need burners.

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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Nobody will buy this

It's not apple and It's too expensive.

I picked up a Motorola Xoom when they were £250, that is the kind of ballpark price tablets need to be in to succeed on any great level. Otherwise they're just a niche product.

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O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity

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I have an idea

You know those radio signals that our phones are using to transmit our speech and text messages. What if the mobile providers allowed us to use those to send and receive data? Then we could use the net anywhere we had a mobile signal. Just an idea.

I'm a Giffgaff customer because it's cheap, but because I'm a giffgaff customer I have to endure O2's shocking data network. It's fine for checking the odd web page and my email works OK but there are loads of things that just don't work. I can't download anything, apps, music, all fail yet work fine over wifi.

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Avast! Mobile Security

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business model

business model is simple enough, give away AV software for free to home users, sell AV for business use or sell for home use with added features. The Android app helps create awareness of the brand hopefully converting those mobile users into paying desktop users.

The big problem I see for Avast is that Microsoft now have a very decent AV program that's free for home users and small businesses and doesn't aim to induce coronary arrest every time the definitions are updated.

Larger businesses are going to use something like Sophos that has decent management capabilities.

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Eight... HD camera smartphones

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Software

So the Lumia, and the Blackberry get negative comments because you have to install their software to get video off of the phone. No mention of the required iTunes infestation in the iPhone review. I also think more needs to be made of the hideous rolling shutter effect; it's very pronounced on the sample video from the Nexus and quite a few others.

All in all though a pretty good round up, I'd say the iPhone's lack of continuous autofocus works in its favour. Some of the other phones, particularly the Lumia seem to struggle with constantly refocusing on the wrong thing. The sensor size of these cameras means that apart from extreme close ups the depth of field will take care of most focus issues for you.

A bit disappointing not to see some gig footage shot with each phone. I find this is a huge test for a phone, flashing lights are tricky for almost all of them and the ability of the onboard microphone to deal with a really loud sound system should have been mentioned.

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Nokia Lumia 710

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Optional

OTA you can sync with, Exchange, Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo. That includes Calendar, email, and contacts sync. You can sync with any combination of them, contacts can be combined together or seperated. When you add a contact to the phone you have a choice of which sync account you want it added to.

What the author of the article is talking about is there is no way to sync directly with your computer. I once synced my phone with my computer. I think it was in the 90s.

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I stand corrected

When I looked at the titles I thought I could see Serifs, particularly on the lower case a. After a close look I can see that the title font and the body font are actually the same.

By the way you should take a look at your Caps Lock key, it seems to have an intermittent fault.

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Re: Fonts

You'd be correct,

The Serif fonts are used for the titles at the top of the screen (e.g. signage) the body text, emails, messages etc. is sans. Works for me.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

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More powers needed for the ASA

Rather than fining companies or banning adverts the ASA needs to be able to prevent companies from advertising.

1. ASA needs to offer a service funded by the advertiser to get their adverts checked in advance

2. Adverts not checked in advance that are found to be in breach of the code will result in removal of the right to advertise for that company for a period of time.

3. Repeat offences by a company result in longer bans

4. Repeat offences from ad houses result in the ad house being banned.

No fining or retrospective slaps on the wrist required.

On the plus side, it's a nice shot.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

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Not a feature

That's something wrong with your task bar, unpin the one you've pinned to the task bar and pin the running one and you'll be good.

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Samsung 11.6in 'retina display' tablet spied

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your are the problem

You are exactly the problem, the manufacturers are listening to you because your opinion is cheaper. I don't think I need a 2560x1600 screen in my laptop but I do need more than 768 vertical pixels.

If the icons are too small for you you just need to set the OS dpi to match the screen dpi and the icons will be the correct size but there will be more detail available where you need it. I couldn't care less about watching HD movies on my laptop. I want resolution for editing photographs, I want it for writing code, I want it for viewing spreadsheets.

It's your lack of understanding and that of people like you that has caused this situation. Up to around 200dpi more resolution is better, beyond that it gets debatable.

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resolution madness

So Samsung are quite happy to produce a tablet with an 11.6" screen and a crazy high resolution but their "ultra"book is limited to a paltry 1366x768 on a larger 13.3" screen.

They obviously see the need for larger resolution screens and they are producing them, how about a bit of joined up thinking to put the two together. This screen in an ultrabook would be worthy of name.

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Apple Italy throws up ruling on its store site

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Where did you buy your slingbox?

If you bought it from a shop then Sling Media have no liability, it is up to the shop to replace or repair the item.

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Snake slides back onto Nokia smartphones

Fuzz
Headmaster

an homage is correct

As far as I know when something is an homage to something else the word homage is pronounced omarge with a silent h.

If someone is paying homage to something else then the word is pronounced with the h.

So an homage is correct.

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Ummm, no

It's not Microsoft that are charging, the app developer has decided they want paying for the game rather than supporting it with adverts. I think 79p is the minimum cost for an app (other than free) in the Marketplace.

I saw this game yesterday and thought, that would be fun, oh 79p I won't bother.

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WD's MyBook takes a Thunderbolt to the chest

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FC can do 16Gbps

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Toshiba Qosmio DX730 PC TV combo

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hybrid analogue/digital tuner

Is that a dual tuner or single? Is it DVB-T2 or plain old DVB-T?

I'm guessing it's a single analogue tuner and a single DVB-T. What a waste of time.

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Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result

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Kind of

Kind of like that, except mostly completely different because last time I checked Adobe didn't give photoshop away for free.

I don't really see a problem with this license agreement, how else are you going to distribute a format that can only be used on iOS if not through iTunes?

The problem is for any poor kid whose tutor decides that this is the best way for them to buy textbooks and is therefore forced into owning an iPad when they might already own some kind of other tablet device.

If an author is going to sell textbooks at $15 a time they don't need to sell many before they can easily afford to pay for a software package like this outright.

Someone else needs to come into the market with a similar product that uses an html5 approach and can be displayed in the browsers of all the competing hardware. Amazon's kindle web app is an example of how this can be done.

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Hold on a sec - leap seconds granted a last-minute reprieve

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Superman

As anybody who has watched superman will know, time is governed by the rotation of the earth. Therefore it's the atomic clocks that are wrong so it is imperative that we keep the leap second.

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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textbooks

The reason why they are textbooks rather than ebooks is that these are specifically books for learning in the classroom, which is what a textbook is.

Apple haven't invented the textbook what they've done is created a simple publication and distribution system for electronic interactive textbooks. I think the concept is great but the tie in to Apple hardware is very bad, bad for kids and schools that is, obviously very good for Apple.

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Asda peddles phones for £12.50

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unlocked

This is what I was thinking, this looks like an Asda advert rather than a news story, especially when you consider that the Samsung phone is unlocked and comes with a choice of SIM.

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Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

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Theme song

The world is not enough had a better theme song

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Firm pitches tech trio powered by portable processor

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Have you seen my phone?

Looks like a mess to me.

Which part rings? What happens when you take the screen to work and leave the other part at home? How big is the hub? Why would I want to carry and charge two gadgets to do the work of the one I have now? What happens when the girlfriend wants to watch TV but I'm out with the phone? Or use the computer whilst I'm watching the TV?

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