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Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

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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

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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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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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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

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£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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Sony schedules UK e-book store opening

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Not so sure

The MEMS screens I've seen don't look as nice as e-ink and anybody who's ever used an e-ink based screen on a sunny beach will understand how much better the technology is than an LCD screen for this kind of application.

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Low blow: Phishers target student loan applicants

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Not that targeted

"1. These are highly targetted emails, not your usual phishing spam. Somehow they are getting the email addresses for the students. As we're a student service provider we're also seeing them."

I've got a few of these emails and they're not to any address that has been near student finance. They go to an address I used with an online retailer once that now receives a lot of spam.

I use a new email address for each company I deal with so I can see where the spam comes from.

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Green energy and jobs will cripple the UK economy

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Ground source heat pump

A heat pump doesn't generate electricity, it consumes electricity.

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Apple ejects FT app from iTunes

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Agreed

This has been my problem with a lot of apps since the very start. You don't need an app, you need a website that targets small screen devices.

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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Non issue

The only option I use on a menu bar in explorer is folder properties, I do everything else using shortcuts or right clicks.

The office ribbon bar is a huge issue because people are so used to the old way.

I can only see a ribbon bar being useful in explorer, however I would like a way to hide it so it's not using up my precious vertical pixels that hardware manufacturers seem intent on slowly removing.

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Worm spreads via RDP

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XP Home has no RDP

XP Home has a terminal services service which is used when you share your desktop with a "helper" who is fixing your computer. However this isn't vulnerable to the attack here.

For the attack here to work you have to have enabled remote connections in system properties and you have to be using one of the stupid passwords in the list for your administrator account. You also have to either already have the work on your network or you have to have the RDP port open to the Internet.

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should be there

Have a look for event ID 1149 also check the security log for event 4624

If you have network level authentication enabled then I don't think you are vulnerable to this worm. Also I doubt that a standard install of Vista or 7 is vulnerable because you can't log in as Administrator on those computers.

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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Space remaining is already there

Set your Computer view to details, tiles or content and space free and total space are displayed for each drive, at least they are on mine.

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BBC crowdsourced mobile map: A bit quirky, but useful

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Google and Apple

Of course, the people who know a huge amount about the mobile network are Google and Apple. The location service automatically sends this data back to them so maybe they're the people to ask.

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Apple MacBook Pro 17in 2011

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I don't get it

17" laptops should be like portable desktop computers. a 17" MBP should be the pinnacle of this kind of machine. So even though it doesn't look neat it should have 4 USB ports and a VGA port. DVI and HDMI adapters should be included. The optical drive should read and write bluray it should come with 8GB RAM as standard along with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB spinning disk.

Whilst I kind of applaud Apple for trying to stick it out with thunderbolt, they need to learn from past history. In many respects firewire is much better than USB, it was way better than USB 1 but the interface you find on everything is USB, firewire has its home with video and audio gear. From what I've seen USB3 is better than firewire 800 for harddrives and the cost of thunderbolt drives is always going to be high because the connection isn't going to be on anything but really high end computers.

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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All gone?

Looks like I missed out by seconds, it showed up at £115 but as soon as clicked on the link they were all gone and the price was back > £400

Shame the 16GB model would have been ideal as a living room, instant on, web machine and £89 would be about the right price.

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T-Mobile JavaScript comment stripper breaks websites

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SSL

I have in the past used my t-mobile phone as a tethered modem. I find it slow and unreliable, that is until you go to an encrypted site. As soon as you hit one of those and you're bypassing the "transparent" proxy, everything speeds up.

If I have to use one I just open a Citrix session to work and browse out from there.

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Skype brings per-minute Wi-Fi to iPad and iPhone

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Openzone and FON

So skype charge you 11p per minute to borrow somebodies bandwidth via Open Zone. Is the BT customer who's bandwidth you're borrowing getting a cut of this 11p?

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I reckon no data cap is right

If they're borrowing bandwidth from openzone and FON then I think the speed is limited to 512Kb/s so I make that about 3p per MB at full speed. You're going to run out of money much more quickly than you can cause any bandwidth issues.

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Hey dumbo, Facebook isn't sharing telephone numbers

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How is this different?

Not sure how this is different to my friends syncing there phones with any other online service. I have my contacts synced to my gmail account. My Windows phone also pulls in my friends from facebook and if they have shared their numbers with me I also see those.

A lot of my friends will be doing similar things, so my number exists on Google's servers, Microsoft's servers, facebook's servers, Apple's servers and any other sync system my friends maybe hooked up to. I haven't given my numbers to any of these companies but they have the numbers anyway.

Personally I don't worry about it, at the end of the day the worst thing that can happen is I need to get myself a new number. An inconvenience but not the end of the world.

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New DVD discs claim 1,000 year life

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capacity

"Millenniata says it can store three hours of video, 1,200 photos, or 100,000 documents, which might mean anywhere in the 20 to 50GB range."

Nope, 1200 photos, three hours of video, sounds like a standard 4.7GB DVD to me.

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HTC sinks $309m into audio tech from Dr Dre

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You must seriously be "getting on a bit"

Dr. Dre has been around since the 80s and has remained around ever since so either you're seriously getting old or you've had your head in a ditch for the past 25 years.

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Motorola hints at Microsoft deal

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sounds good to me

I had a Motorola Windows mpx200 years ago. I seem to remember it was great as long as you didn't let the battery run out.

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Patriot Wildfire 120GB Sata 3 SSD

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£240?

Why so much money? A 120GB Crucial M4 is only £180 and looks to be very nearly as quick.

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PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

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Good but expensive

I've got one of these and it's a decent tuner, note that USB tuners aren't just for laptops. Mine are connected to my Acer Revo which has no PCI slots so no other way to add tuners.

I've not installed the software so can't comment on whether or not the HD EPG is decoded. I use mine with Media Centre which downloads the guide for those channels from the net.

It's a shame Media centre isn't capable of pulling multiple channels from a single multiplex. All the freeview HD stuff is on a single multiplex so that would mean you only ever need one DVB-T2 tuner. I think I paid £75 for mine but that's still a lot of money for a single TV tuner. My dual DVB-T tuner cost £20.

Hopefully more manufactures will get products to market as the standard is adopted in more countries.

Also this nanostick isn't just a rare beast among portable tuners, it's rare amongst all tuners. I only know of two tuners on the market that can receive DVB-T2.

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RFID drives the self-service pub

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Imperial Pint

Imperial pint is 20 ounces so 64 is just over 3 pints in the UK.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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people at work

Most people at work are working, rather than filling in IQ tests on the Internet.

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Apple MacBook Air 13in Core i5 laptop

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Stupid keyboard

If it wasn't for the stupid mac keyboard I'd consider getting one and just run Windows on it. It's a beautiful piece of kit and deserves a decent OS.

The missing Ethernet port isn't too much of an issue, a USB dongle for the odd times you need to hook up a cable will be fine. Non upgradeable SSD and RAM is less cool.

128GB Disk and 4GB RAM is going to look very poor in 3 years time when the rest of the laptop will still be fine.

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Mobee Magic Charger

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Get a decent mouse?

My logitech does 18 months on a single set of batteries.

Software on the computer tells me when the battery is getting low to give me plenty of time to plan a recharge or buy some new batteries.

One of the points of having a wireless mouse is to reduce desk clutter, this just increases it.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

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FAIL

2 discs per movie?

What a joke, 50GB is more than enough room for 4 hours of well encoded HD.

The container format used on BR is extremely inefficient. If you rip a bluray into MKV with no editing or recoding of the data the files are around 40% smaller.

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MS bashes BlackBerry in tablet fight

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Not the web but email

I'm pretty sure you can access the web directly, the issue comes when you want to access your email, you know that thing that blackberry built their business on. To access your email you need a blackberry phone, the phone gets the email and the playbook gets it from the phone. Secure? yes. Needlessly complicated? yes. Possible without owning a blackberry phone? No chance.

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Apple ups Mac Mini spec, lowers price

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Media PC

Take the bottom model, put Windows 7 on it and you have a very nice Media PC.

Smaller and faster than my Acer Revo but also more than twice the cost and is a mouse and keyboard still extra with the mini?

Still I think it's a good price for what is essentially a 13.3" Macbook pro without the keyboard. touchpad or screen.

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Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

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Samsung price

Where do I buy the 1TB Samsung for £80? A quick look around shows the 640GB model at £100.

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