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Nokia Lumia 800

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Tethering, IE9

The review doesn't make it clear that not supporting tethering is a failure of the Lumina, not windows phone mango. I have an HTC radar at work and it support tethering just fine.

IE9 is fine on my HTC mozart, I've read in another review that the blurry fonts on the lumia are a bi-product of the screen choice.

As has been posted before, can we just get a review of Mango with all the features thrashed out and then review the phones as reviews of the hardware and additional software only.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

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That's where Windows phone does well. I have 3 email accounts configured on my phone, two of them are personal and I have merged, the third is my work account and I have that separate. You can choose to merge any number of accounts into different groups each group can have its own tile. Or you can choose to leave them all separate (the default).

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Amazon rethinks Kindle Fire 2 screen size

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Thumbs up for the war games reference

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Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

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"I just wish there was a standard way of tuning in to internet radio and standard codecs. That might all exist already, never really looked into it. DNS SRV records would be perfect for this as you could just tune in to 6music@bbc.co.uk, then the stream server is located through DNS."

What about a .radio tld then the radio could scan for stations

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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

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I just managed to get in and order myself a momentus XT that I've been thinking about buying for ages. I got one at £80 for the 500GB model, it's now running at at least £160 and out of stock.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Where are they

I've had a look for the two Asus models in the UK, the 11" one is out of stock everywhere and the 13" one is on sale only at DSG for £1149 in an i7/128GB guise which is too much money.

I have an OK laptop at the moment, it's still going OK and it's not too slow so I'm going to wait until one of the manufactures comes out with something that ticks all the boxes. The Asus is almost there but I've heard reports of poor wireless performance, dodgy touchpad drivers and crummy screen. If I'm paying top prices for a laptop it needs to be perfect.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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You were unlucky,

My T610 is still going strong, I use it when I need to quick booting phone. Battery lasts forever, nice clear screen.

My T28 died because the flip front snapped off when it popped open in my pocket.

My T39 ran for at least 10 years and had to be replaced by the friend I lent it too when the battery had to be persuaded to stay attached to the phone with tape.

I think they went downhill after that. Never really liked my K700.

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BBC iPlayer to require TV licence

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Sounds fair enough to me and potentially far easier to police than any other method of watching BBC content.

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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

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SSL

Presumably this is just a simple wire tap type of filter so any comms can be intercepted without having to talk to anyone. In which case running facebook under SSL (which everyone should be doing anyway) will stop it.

If on the other hand facebook have to provide the Swedish authorities access to any data on request then it's a different matter.

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Safe as Windows: Smartphones' security nightmare

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This is a problem that's easily solved. What Google need to do is police the Android Marketplace more heavily, allow any app but make sure the app is safe before it gets out there. Then still allow users to install apps through other stores or manually. That way everyone is happy, all apps can be catered for and if you stick to the official market place you are guaranteed a reasonably level of security.

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

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Virgin's big selling point should be that you don't have to waste money paying for a phone line to get broadband or TV (Sky require you to have a phone line for the first 12 months of a TV contract). Yet they insist on bundling in a phone line and charging you for it, of course you can choose to not have a phone line but then the cost of your broadband or TV package goes up by about the same amount.

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Sony and Ericsson divorce

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Problem with the Walkman brand

The problem with the Walkman brand was that it had ceased to be recognised as such. A Walkman had long ago become a generic name for a personal portable cassette player with headphones. People aren't bothered about owning a phone with a built in Walkman; a phone with a built in iPod, now that's a different matter.

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HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone

Fuzz

Are you sure you've upgraded to Mango? Some of this stuff you've listed is solved.

Web browser... slightly complicated javascript. - The web browser in Mango is IE9 it supports the same websites as IE9 on a desktop PC. The old browser had problems with javascript the new one; I've not noticed any.

- screen lock activates on every screen timeout meaning you have to type a code every few minutes... In Mango you can choose separate times for screen timeout and phone lock

- signal indicator is pretty much absent for no reason... tap the top of the screen and the indicator appears

- no receipts for texts or other messages to confirm delivery... delivery reports are in Mango, I haven't tried them because the stupid O2 network doesn't support them but the options are there

- the pointless search button... Again, in Mango the search button has changed, it now links you in with the new bing functionality. Including the text translation stuff, QR code reader and the local scout which I actually used at the weekend to find a nice restaurant near my hotel in Brighton.

- multitasking... the most disappointing fail in Mango. If you want true battery draining multitasking, get an Android phone. If you want to be able to listen to music whilst you browse the web and pick up where you left off in an application, the Mango implementation is fine.

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Fuzz

Tethering

Tethering is in Mango but for some inexplicable reason it's only on the new phones, so my Mozart doesn't have it and neither does your Omnia but the two new HTC phones do and the Nokia phones will as well.

My Mozart is the first phone I've had for 10 years that doesn't support tethering. I haven't used it often but it's nice to know it's there if you need it.

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

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Content

The problem will always be content.

I think Windows Media Centre is a beautiful interface for a PVR. Very easy to get around and makes good use of extra information that can be pulled down from the Internet.

Problem is I can only use it with Freeview or Freesat. If I want channels from Sky or Virgin I have to use a Sky box or a Virgin box. It doesn't matter that what I have can do everything those boxes do. Their encryption systems won't let me without some sort of hack.

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Updating to Windows Phone 7.5

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Windows phone connector

It would be nice if this software was available for PC too. Or if Microsoft had included support for the new phones in an updated mobile device centre or active sync.

Having to use zune to update your phone is one thing too many Microsoft have copied from Apple.

Updates should happen OTA and they should be incremental.

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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You're missing the distinction. When Google first started one of the things I liked about it was that all the search terms were included by default. Then about a year ago Google decided that they knew what they were searching for better than you did. First it was fairly useful stuff like searching for plural and non plural search terms, searching for UK and US English spellings of words. Then they started including roots of words, you search for playing, you get results for play, and synonyms.

Now Google just drops words from your query if they make the results too limited. When I use + in my searches I'm not trying to find an exact phrase. I just want to see all the pages that contain every one of those words.

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Facebook comes out swinging

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You can't be tagged in a photo if you don't have a Facebook account...

Are you sure, it certainly used to be possible. You tagged the person and put their email address in and facebook sent them a please join up message.

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New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts

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Been available on RAID controllers for ages

All the new HP RAID controllers have this tech. They call it flash backed write cache.

I don't quite get the point of this for use on RAM chips though. Unless you're using a RAM disk you can't write files to RAM so the only benefit here is that you can suspend to RAM without any power usage but you can always use hibernate for that..

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Voda in 3G blackhole probe by ASA

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That was my impression, there's no problem with capacity they just don't have enough capacity.

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Pano's virtual desktops go from zero to hero

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"VDI is essentially a solution to the problem "how can we sell more servers?""

I was thinking the same thing about VDI. I currently manage a network which is a mixture of desktop PCs and thin/zero clients connected to Citrix XenApp (what was metaframe) servers. When I first started with Citrix your limit was about 20-30 users per server, less if your users were doing anything clever.

Now I can get 100 users on a server without it really breaking sweat and the servers cost me less money than they used to.

Virtualising servers is condensing traditional server loads onto less hardware.

The first time I saw VDI was in HP's product bulletin, they were advertising a system where you had a low power PC on your desktop driven by a workstation blade in the server room. So instead of a desktop PC you buy a cheap desktop PC and a server blade which means you also need a slot in a blade chassis. If that's not simply a way to sell more servers I don't know what is.

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Fuzz

hardware design

Looks poor, it doesn't even have front facing audio and USB. It's almost a cube so doesn't lend itself to mounting on the back of a monitor or under a desk. Headphones and microphone input are on the same connector.

I'm really liking the zero client concept, we're running the wyse xenith boxes. They boot and display a login prompt within a couple of seconds and use around 5W running.

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Did a Seagate sales bloke just say 5TB drives are coming?

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This is the thing, ask any body about a brand of drive and you will always get a group of people saying the won't touch them and they're the worst drives going.

I've had drives fail on me from all manufactures. Seagate, WD, IBM/Hitachi, Maxtor (In their day) and Samsung all make decent drives, some of which fail. Failing drives is the nature of having a lump of metal spinning at 7500 RPM. I think the only drives I've never had fail are Toshiba ones but I've dealt with far fewer of those over the years so I don't think they're any less likely to suffer an issue.

Once you start dealing with drives in hundreds rather than 2 or 3 you'll see that they are all very similar.

I own two SSDs one of them failed inside the first 3 months, the other one bought around the same time and the replacement for the first are fine.

Doesn't matter how big your drive is, if you want to keep your data you need to have it backed up. If you can't afford to be without your data whilst a broken drive is replaced/repaired you also need to be running RAID.

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Billion dollar telescope snaps galactic head-on

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100 square miles is only an area 10x10 miles, it's basically as far as the eye can see but not far enough to have differing weather from one end to the other.

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Microsoft pops Hadoop into SQL Server and Azure

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Stop messing with the interface

"...with a redesigned interface that allowed for touch control..."

What's wrong with the current interface, it works well for me. By all means tweak it, polish it, but don't make me learn where everything is again, and why does everything need touch control. People aren't going to be doing db administration or writing SQL queries on a tablet. SQL server is not Angry birds.

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Ads watchdog slaps down Sony smartphone battery life claim

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standard

There needs to be a standard measure for phone battery life. There is one for digital camera usage, generally you expect to get more pictures out of your battery than the standard measurement suggests but the important thing is that it's standard so it's possible to compare two different makes/models of camera.

As far as I can tell, the "standard" way to list smartphone battery life is to turn it on, possibly in flight mode, and then leave it to see how long the battery lasts.

I have smartphones on my desk that I use for testing. I'm amazed by how long they last when you don't use them. I can get over a week out of a battery that is gone in less than 24 hours of normal use.

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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

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I'm pretty happy with my Acer Revo running windows media centre. I have Freeview HD and satellite (DVB-S2), plenty of space for recordings and it can play all my media off of local drives, USB or network. It can also stream nicely from the Internet.

Total cost was more than most of the receivers here bar the technomate. Only feature it's missing is the transcode of AAC into DD5.1 on the freeview HD channels.

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Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

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I didn't know the dock connector had digital outputs, in that case, what the hell is all the money for?

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Fuzz

Digital outputs?

So the digital file, lets assume you're using apple lossless, is converted to Analogue by the ipod using whatever cheap D/A converter Apple were sourcing at the time. This is then passed over the dock connector into the dock where it is converted back to digital to be sent over a cable to your D/A converter to be converted back to analogue again.

I'm sure that helps improve the quality.

What exactly is in this dock apart from this pointless conversion that makes it worth £150? An ipod dock should simply be a passthru for the AV connections and a method of remote control.

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Iomega Mac Companion external hard drive

Fuzz

This is exactly what I was thinking. New Macs don't come with firewire ports and we're told thunderbolt is the future.

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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

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Is this voice control thing new?

I just checked and my windows phone can find me a local greek restaurant.

Turns out voice control isn't all that. It's a great party trick to show off to your friends, but I didn't use it when I had an Ericsson T28 in 1999 and I still don't use it today.

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Premier League loses footie decoder case

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Good for pubs

This ruling is great for pubs, unfortunately it doesn't help people at home much. A subscription to any EU based premier league football will set you back more than a sky subscription so isn't worth shopping around.

I don't think Sky will lose too much sleep over it. 1 pub is only equivalent to 10 homes in terms of revenue. Also most pubs I go to that have an alternative satellite system have it just so they can show the 3pm games and they also have a UK sky system for everything else.

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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

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Companies with 50000 users don't use chrome as a web browser. I'd also wager they are unlikely to be using forefront security.

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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

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bending the truth

"The cheapest Kindle on sale this morning sets you back $139, or $189 for the 3G model. The floor now drops to $79 and $149."

Is this a quote from Jeff?

The old 3G model is $189 without ads, that's the same price as the new 3G touch without ads. With ads the old 3G model is $139, $10 cheaper than the new model.

My guess is they'll kill off the old model in favour of the touch screen model, I guess that's a good idea the keyboard doesn't get much use so it just takes up space.

Has anyone seen the new basic model in action? How do you find books on the store when there's no keyboard? I guess it's a case of: left, left, left, click (A), right right down down click (space) I'd stop being such a cheapskate and pay the extra $20 to get the touch screen.

Unsurprisingly there's no 3G on the fire, it's one thing giving away free 3G for an e-ink device but on a colour tablet with a proper web browser you're going to incur some serious charges. It'll be interesting to see how locked down the tablet is. If it's a fully functioning Android tablet with the only condition being you have to get all your apps through Amazon it might be worth it.

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Fuzz

When $79=£89

The $79 Dollar model is Advert supported, I think the £89 UK model will be Ad free so it's equivillant to the $109 Dollar version in the US.

$109, by my reckoning that works out as £84 when you add in the VAT so £5 extra from somewhere but not as much of a rip off as everyone has been saying.

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

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I'm a big fan of Firefox but I've given up believing their claims of better performance or less memory. I like the feature set and I'm used to it so I keep it.

Firefox 7, 1 tab open (this one) firefox is using 120MB of RAM.

IE9, 1 tab open same page 62MB

Chrome 80MB

Opera 62MB

So looks like still a way to go.

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Java, Adobe vulns blamed for Windows malware mayhem

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Java

Java is a menace, if you have an application that mandates a particular version of Java then you can't update. Obviously this is just sloppy coding that ties an application to a version but it means that corporate desktops are wide open to this kind of attack.

Flash is very nearly as bad. The auto mechanism requires you to be an administrator on your computer. Keeping flash up to date using group policy requires you to constantly check version numbers.

Say what you like about Microsoft but WSUS is a fantastic tool for keeping all your Microsoft software patched across a large deployment of computers.

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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the early problems with pixel sub-addressing seem fixed. To me it looks loads better, I have it turned on in both IE9 (when I use it) and Firefox.

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Sony Vaio SB 13.3in notebook

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Totally

16:9 is a stupid ratio on a small screen unless you're only using it to watch films. And if all you're doing is watching films then you can buy a portable DVD player for much less money.

If 16:9 is good because it's better for films then maybe we should be using 1:2.35 screens on our laptops.

A 3:2 aspect screen would probably be a good ratio. The most important thing is that it's possible to buy screens with a sensible number of vertical pixels. Modern software can make use of high resolution screens. Windows has DPI settings so that the gui appears the correct size. Websites can be zoomed to make them readable but everything is nice and sharp.

My phone has a 3.7" screen with 800x480 resolution, I want that kind of DPI level on my laptop.

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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nope

gas industry in this country measures in m³

if you have an old gas meter it will measure in cubic feet. If you look at your bill you will see this is converted to m³ before it is converted to kWh

I'd imagine it's only folks from the USA still using cubic feet.

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Skype for iPhone makes stealing address books a snap

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idiots

Why on earth would a chat client need to interpret javascript?

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Google offers opt-out from Wi-Fi router location database

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Really?

Your scenario concerning abusive fiancées makes no sense. First off the fiancée has to find out the mac address, how are they going to do that? If they no it already then they already know where the person is because the only place they're going to find that information is from the AP.

Also it's trivial to change the mac address/SSID etc. of the router. Chances are if this person is trying to hide they've also changed their phone number, ISP, router etc.

I just can't see a problem with it, Microsoft and Apple are doing exactly the same thing.

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BT to fibre-up another 114 exchanges

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It's not about getting BT to let you use their cable. The point is that they should be letting other companies use their ducting and poles. One of the major costs of installing any kind of cable system is digging up the roads. BT don't need to do this because they were gifted a network by the government.

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Office and Windows fixes star in quiet Patch Tuesday

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Patch Tuesday is once a month to allow people to plan updates correctly. Once you're managing patches for more than 20 or so computers you can't afford to be testing and releasing updates every week.

Couple that with the fact that even most home users don't want to be continually bombarded with patches and please reboot messages.

If you're insane you can still download all the individual patches and install them manually, but if you're a normal individual you just use the windows update process. If you're a business then you use WSUS.

Microsoft update all software that they supply via the update mechanism. Linux distros update all the software they supply, no difference. Maybe Microsoft will launch an Apple style app store for windows. If they do this you'll start seeing updates for other 3rd party software.

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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that's not the point

The point is not that the Samsung tab looks like an ipad, yes it does, quite a lot. The point is that the design is obvious and Apple shouldn't have the right to stop other companies making similar designs.

If I was going to design a tablet I'd come up with something very similar. If I'd designed it 7 or 8 years ago it probably would have looked the same but with a brushed chrome finish rather than the shiny black because that would have looked modern. The design of the device is obvious, it's a screen with a bezel.

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Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

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You can already plug a kindle into your Windows/Linux/Mac device and upload your files directly on to it. The only thing you can't do is buy books with DRM from a supplier other than Amazon.

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

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Already happens

"As for not charging people national rates when they dial the full national number - forgive my cynicism but HAH! That will work without anyone getting overcharged (I don't think!)"

This system is already in place and works, I live in Manchester dial code is 0161. I can dial 01204 (Bolton), 01457 (Glossop), 01565 (Kutsford) and a few others and they are counted as local calls.

If you dial same area without using the dialling code, the billing software assumes the dialling code. In the same way that from your mobile you can dial your numbers starting with +44 but you don't get charged for an international call.

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Fuzz

Very odd

surely the solution is to move a digit from the code to the local number.

Bournemouth is currently 01202, just remove the last 2, prefix all numbers in Bournemouth with a 2 and suddenly you have an extra 8000000 or so numbers. Forcing the dialling of the area code only seems to create 100000 extra numbers.

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Lost memory stick had 87 NHS patients' info unencrypted

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Blame

I don't see how this was the hospitals fault, they had a system in place to only allow the use of approved memory sticks. If the student was stupid enough to think that making a copy of that data was OK then I don't want that student to become a doctor.

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LaCie CloudBox storage combo

Fuzz

£175?

£175 is a lot of money for this. You are comparing the price with dropbox which isn't really a backup service. Dropbox is a service for synchronising files between computers.

LiveDrive is £4.95 a month for unlimited storage.

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