* Posts by Fuzz

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ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone

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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

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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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Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV

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Back to the future

Back to the future was shot in 16:9 (well 1.85:1 but close enough). I don't think any new DVD releases are panned and scanned these days, there's no point. People are quite used to seeing the letterbox and most people have TVs big enough to cope.

But this TV has serious issues, it's great for watching films in 21:9 ratio, but only films are really shot in this ratio and if you spend a lot of time watching films then a significant proportion of them are going to be in 1.85:1 suddenly the TV doesn't look so great. Then you have the fact that the resolution of the screen is 2560x1080. This means that to watch a film filling the screen it has to be upscaled by the TV 1.3x in each direction.

If you're that serious about films and you have the money then you'd be better off with a nice projector that doesn't suffer these issues. Or you could just get a bigger 16:9 TV and not worry about the letter boxing.

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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

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cybersquatting and brand protection

I think some people are not understanding the problem this is going to cause. It's not that you have to protect your trademarks and brands by buying .brandname it's buying them at other peoples tlds.

e.g. Some company registers .hotel, now everyone who owns a hotel has to go to that company and buy brandname.hotel at what ever price the owner thinks they can get away with.

London buys .london, you own a business in London? best pay Boris what ever he asks for business.london or someone else may get there first.

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Pure Highway 300Di in-car digital radio kit

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Seeing as the free fitting offer has expired and my car already has mp3 playback from USB and ipod control. Is this item worth £205 just to add DAB radio, I really like listening to 6 Music and it would be nice to have sports extra for the cricket and 5 live in decent quality. What I'd really like is a DAB radio that connects via bluetooth and allows changing the stations using track forward reverse.
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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

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Not the same as LVM

To all the people saying this is like LVM, it isn't. Windows already has LVM type features, they're called dynamic disks and can be built across physical discs with mirroring or parity type fault tolerance.

In this new feature (which isn't new as is pointed out in the article just new to windows) first you allocate a bunch of disks. Lets say you have 8 500GB disks. Then you create a storage space on your pool of disks and choose a fault tolerance level. Lets say that's a 3TB space with mirroring. Now in an LVM setup or a typical Raid array 8 500GB disks with mirroring (RAID 1+0) would yield a maximum partition size of 2TB so there's a difference. Now we start filling up the storage space, we add 1TB of data. One day a disk fails, note we have no hot spare, the system automatically shuffles the data around to rebuild the redundancy we've lost by using the spare space on each disk. As soon as this process is complete you're protected against failure again without replacing the failed drive.

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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idiots

Look at the UK box office top 10, you have 3 films shot on 35mm film, 3 shot on digital, 3 digital animations and 1 motion capture. All 3 of the films used Kodak film. Kodak's mistake is attempting to maintain their size. Film may not be the business it once was but Kodak still sell a huge percentage of it.

I could see the film business being rolled off into a smaller company. Whilst I prefer Fuji for my colour reversal film since Kodak killed off kodachrome, my negatives are all shot on Kodak.

The printer business can die, most people have no need to print at home. Photographic printing is cheaper and easier handled by a print shop.

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Ultrabook, tablet shipments to surge

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Two cables

One cable for thunderbolt and one for power. My docking station has no cables to connect to the laptop. I just place the laptop on the docking station and it docks.

However I don't think any of the current ultrabooks have any kind of docking provision so that's one more tick in the Air column.

If the air came with a proper keyboard with the Ctrl key in the right place and a hash key I'd buy one and just run windows on it.

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Nokia Ace to launch from $100m mountain of ad cash

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why?

Two questions.

1. Why would you want to sync your phone directly with outlook? Surely you sync your phone with whichever service provider outlook is getting your emails from.

2. Why would you use Outlook if you didn't have an exchange server?

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Samsung Ultrabook specced up by retailer

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1366x768 and a hybrid drive - yawn

not much else to say, dull dull dull. Nobody wants computers like this, they're too expensive for most people and not high enough spec for people prepared to pay that kind of money.

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

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This kind of thing is easy for MS to solve

All Microsoft need to do is provide downloads of the correct DVD. You just go on the website, enter your product key from the sticker on your machine and download the ISO. Anyone who manages volume licensing will know that most of this is already in place for VLK customers.

If I need a copy of Windows or any other Microsoft product at work I just go to the website and download.

The thing is you can't win, I have a Toshiba laptop, it came with Vista preinstalled and recovery CDs to reinstall XP or Vista. Do I know where those CDs are? Hell no.

My Acer Revo had a recovery partition but I wanted the space back it was taking up and the Revo doesn't have a DVD burner to produce the discs so that recovery media is gone.

If both these copies of windows were available in the cloud we'd be fine. Microsoft could limit the number of downloads per key to stop abuse. If you need to download the CD more than 5 times you're probably doing something wrong.

If Microsoft don't want to do this themselves maybe they should provide it as a service to the OEMs. Then the OEM can advertise that as part of their product. I for one would make sure I only bought computers from an OEM that offered the service.

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

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another nearly

Looks nice, decent size, well made not too heavy.

Stupid screen resolution and really what use is a microSD port to anyone?

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LG to show 55in, 4mm-thick OLED TV at CES

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border

It looks impressive but I think I want to have some kind of frame around my TV. For the same reason that pictures are put in mounts inside frames it helps block out anything distracting immediately next to the screen.

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

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Did you buy your netbook from Toshiba?

I think it is the company you purchased from who has to uphold the warranty rather than the manufacturer. In the Apple case Apple are both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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wps button

I thought that wps required you to press a button on the router before a connection was initiated. I've never used it and it's disabled on my router.

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China pumps CCTV into Freeview HD boxes

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doesn't work on my TV

I have a fairly new Samsung set and the channels don't load, I just get a your equipment is not supported message. Also iplayer on freeview HD? I don't think this has anything to do with freeview HD really, just smart connected TVs.

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Wi-Fi desk rodents break free from oppressive cabling

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If it's as tempremental as bluetooth then forget it

In my experience bluetooth mice and keyboards constant require reparing to make them work, they also suck batteries.

Wireless mice and keyboards can be bought now that operate on 2.4GHz so they work from a decent range

they require no setup you just plug in the dongle and you're off

One dongle supports a keyboard and mouse

the dongles are tiny, they can be left connected to a laptop full time without fear of damaging the USB port

most importantly batteries will last a couple of years in a keyboard and over a year in a mouse. Bluetooth is good for handsfree in the car, that's the market these people should be aiming for.

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Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

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Do Hasbro think that:-

a) the kids will go out looking to buy a new transformer toy and come home with a tablet with detachable screen by mistake

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b) there's a chance that they can make some money on the side by forcing Asus to license the name from them.

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TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

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BT catching up

The interesting thing about the report this quarter is how close BT are to that top crown for broadband complaints. It's a shame the report only has the providers listed, it would be good to know how some of the other major networks fair, O2, BE, plusnet etc.

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Five firms to create HD-centric DRM for SD cards

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And it will work in every device

What's that? Oh old devices aren't compatible, every new device then? Oh really, just the devices and software that have paid license fees to the consortium.

Guess we'll just stick to circumventing the bluray encryption then.

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Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

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me too

I have a lot of pictures of the night sky that need printing out.

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

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Turned off printers

This is never discussed. I had several Epson printers because they could be bought for a decent price, you could get cheap 3rd party ink and the print quality was excellent. Every single one of those printers (about 5 over the years) had to be thrown out because the ink dried up in the heads, to begin with you can clean the heads which uses about 25% of your ink. After time this becomes less and less effective. Sometimes the printer can be revived with cartridge flush. Eventually though they all become irrevocably blocked and not worth fixing.

About 3 years ago I bought an HP photosmart C5800. I use it infrequently, have never cleaned the heads other than when the printer decides to do this itself, and it prints as perfectly as the day I bought it. It's also extremely frugal on ink. My understanding is that the ink used in cleaning is recycled back into the cartridges. I've also only ever used official HP cartridges which are expensive but offer a consistent quality.

When printers are tested in reviews the cost per page is calculated by printing a page continuously until the ink runs out. Nobody prints like this, a better test should be created.

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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pinning to taskbar is slightly different

In Windows 7 the buttons on the taskbar act as shortcuts to the programs and also the way of selecting open programs. If you pin a site to the taskbar then this indicator is moved to the location of your pin. It's quite useful if you use several web based applications, by default they are all grouped under the IE button on the taskbar together with any other website you have open. Selecting one with the mouse involves hovering over the button and choosing the correct tab from the ones that pop up. If you have aero glass you do this using thumbnails (peak) if you have no aero glass you are stuck with the page titles.

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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I passed

I went to see one of these in the shop when they came out and passed it up. For me a £999 laptop has to be near enough perfect. A quick play in the shop told me the screen lacks contrast coupled with the poor viewing angle. The touchpad on the model I tried was poor, it seemed very unresponsive and a pain to use. I've also read reviews claiming that typing is uncomfortable due to the sharp edge at the front of the machine, I wasn't able to get a feel for this in the shop.

It's a very nice first attempt, I think I'll wait for the version 2 with ivy bridge. This is the machine that came closest to meeting my spec for a new laptop.

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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

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"They won't because they can't break the legacy link, unless they are going to give us all a free XP VM to run legacy programmes."

Like the free XP VM you get in Windows 7?

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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Re: Does this even make sense

Makes perfect sense, the Lumia can't do flash because it's a windows phone not because it isn't quick. The monte carlo has flash because it's on Android but the 800MHz CPU makes flash video sluggish.

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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Expensive laptop, crappy screen

One of the good things about Dell was that you could spec your laptop with a high resolution screen. I went to the Dell site to check and this machine has one crappy shiny 1366x768 panel.

I don't get it, I've never heard anybody say, "the thing I really like about my laptop is the way I can use the screen as a mirror"

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2011's Best... Cars

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it is?

"...petrol and diesel are dangerous..."

Petrol definitely, but diesel is anything but dangerous. Unless you choose to drink it, rub it on your body or inhale it, it's only as dangerous as vegetable oil.

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

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price

Check out the price of the 3G kindle keyboard in the US. $189, over here it's £152. By that logic the fire should be around £160

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