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* Posts by Fuzz

817 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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chargecard

yep, kind of like a BT chargecard but this one lets you pay twice, once to BT for the call and once to the mobile network for the data.

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DefenseCode turns up Linksys zero-day

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I guess

I guess you could craft a drive by exploit that used a users PC to take control of the router and then you could install some sort of smtp gateway on the router and use that to send spam but it's a bit of a long shot. You'd need to find the combination of a computer vulnerable to your drive by that's also connected to a linksys router. Do people still use linksys routers? Aside from those that have them running tomato or dd-wrt etc.

In the UK most people have a router provided by their ISP and I don't remember seeing any linksys gear obtained this way.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Re: installation disc?

If the laptop runs Windows 7 you just need a windows disc and you can reinstall using the product key on the bottom of the computer. Microsoft removed the requirement to match up discs and product keys in Windows 7.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Re: Question:

Logitech make bluetooth mice and keyboards but their proprietary stuff is better.

The devices are paired with the dongle, several devices can be paired with one dongle and vice versa. Once you've paired the devices (and if you buy a kit it's done for you) they behave like a wired keyboard and mouse.

Want to move from one computer to another, just unplug the dongle and stick it in the other computer. Doesn't matter what that device is as long as it has support for USB mouse/keyboard it will just work.

Bluetooth pairing depends on the quality of the bluetooth software on the computer. You have to place the device in a discoverable mode then get the computer to search then supply a pin and if you're lucky then it works but the next day it might be working or you might be back to square one.

Also my logitech mouse lasts 18 months on a single AA battery, they keyboard can go for 3 years. Bluetooth devices need charging once a week or new batteries once a month.

The concept of bluetooth is great but I've always found it to be a major let down where HID is concerned.

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Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8

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One thing

One feature windows 8 has which is useful is the native support for USB 3. The USB ports on my desktop refused to work with the Windows 7 supplied drivers but under windows 8 they speed along.

I still have 75% of my supported install base on Windows XP and they'll be moving to either 7 or Server 2008 R2 over the next year before support is retired.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

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Will move if Sky take over

I've had BE for 4 years and all the time they've been superb right down to the trivial gesture of giving you a free day of broadband on your birthday.

If the network goes to Sky then I'll go somewhere else. I'd give VM another go if you didn't have to sign up for a year only to find your local area is massively over subscribed

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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

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Re: I do not want to sound like

Is Kelly Brook in this film? I thought she got eaten by a shark in the first one.

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Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!

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Re: Deep Packet Inspection of SSL-Encrypted Traffic

This is installed in a business situation where you can create your own trusted root and deploy it to all the computers in the business. The trusted root is used to sign a wildcard certificate that the sonicwall box uses to do the encryption.

I would guess that if you have that rapport software installed that banks like people to download it would flag this as dodgy since the certs wouldn't match.

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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Re: Does it work on Linux?

the security hole will be there in the Linux version but to do any damage you would most likely have to write a specific version of the exploit. The example there shows the windows calculator being started but you could just as easily write it to execute something in perl or bash.

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Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too

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Only one real point

Only real point in this that I can see is that you can listen to the tracks as soon as you purchase the CD. Ripping a CD takes less than 10 minutes even if you're being really careful with your tagging and ripping and most people want to be able to put the tracks on their phone or mp3 player which this isn't going to allow unless your phone supports Amazon's chosen DRM.

Still, it's a nice idea.

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and...

Amazon offer this too and like with Apple you have to pay for it.

Google offer it free for 20000 tracks and Microsoft do something similar which they don't seem to tell people about so I have very few details. I can access a large portion of my personal music collection stored on my Windows 8 PC on my Windows 8 laptop and on my Windows 8 phone but at no point did I set anything up I'm just using the same MS account on all three devices.

I guess it depends what devices you have, if you're on an iDevice then iTunes is probably best, for a Kindle use Amazon, for Android you can use Google and if you're all Windows you can use Microsoft.

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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Re: Not bad...but.....

a bit high?

This is a netbook (think £300) with an extra battery and detachable keyboard. It has woeful amount of RAM and storage

The price is absurd.

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Wireless charger posse smacks down rival in EXPLICIT video

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popular peoples front

They're going to struggle to get a competing standard off the ground unless Samsung can get the wireless charging sorted on the S3.

Apple will bring out their own version anyway or wait until a clear victor is decided and then act like they were the first phones to have it.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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navigation

Something that HTC kept very quiet about on my mozart is that the locations app was upgraded from something used to "check in" at locations to a satnav app with turn-by-turn. Only found this out after I bought my Ativ S.

I would have bought an 8X but got the ativ S instead purely for the SD card slot. I didn't want the 8S or the 820 because of 800x480 screens.

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WD mixes flash-disk cocktail in Vegas, lets clients feel up models

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New connector?

"The 1TB one has a 6Gbits SATA interface and the 500GB unit has a new connector."

What does "New connector" mean? Are you saying WD have defined their own non standard connector?

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Cameras

A lot of photography on the ISS is taken using dSLRs. Until recently I think they were using the Nikon D2x but they may have recently upgraded.

Here's a video where one of the cameras is being used to demonstrate the effects of acceleration on the iss. You can see another couple clipped to the wall.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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rice cooker

a traditional rice cooker, without any fancy features, is one of the most simple devices you'll find in a kitchen. It's basically just a kettle with the thermostat set just above 100°C. Whilst the water is boiling the temperature won't go over 100, as soon as the water is gone the temperature rises and the cooker turns off.

Until the rice cooker can load it's own rice and water I see no need for it to be controlled by anything other than plugging it into the wall.

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Devs: 'Pirates are flogging OUR stuff on BlackBerry's App World'

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Why aren't they doing it themselves?

If it's just a question of submitting the app to the online tool and BB do the rest why aren't the developers of these apps also offering them for BB?

It must be worth their while as it seems to be worth it for the pirates.

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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Standard pricing

Surely the pricing should be negotiated when the patent is standardised. At that point it should be decided the owner of the patent gets x pence for each device implementing the standard for the next y years falling to z pence per device after that.

The price is set, there's no negotiation after that point and anyone is free to use it at the prescribed cost. If they don't want to pay the price, they don't use the standard.

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Nokia chief Elop: 'Android? Hey, anything's possible!'

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Re: either

"Nokia's top PureView is very impressive, and is an elegant solution to lowlight vs 'zoom', but is so pricey... for less cash you can get a DSLR-sized sensor in a compact camera's body (RX-100)."

Other things you can get for less cash than a Nokia 920 include:

A block of cheese

A train ticket from Leeds to Bradford

A large popcorn at the cinema

Unfortunately just like the RX-100, none of these items is a phone so they don't make for a very good comparison.

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Security bods rip off Microsoft's 'sticking plaster' IE bug fix

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and Microsoft aren't improving the situation, they should include updated versions of IE with service packs. At the moment IE6 will be supported up until 2015 when server 2003 is retired, IE7 and IE8 till 2020 when 2008 support ends. So that's still another 7 years of this kind of story.

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obsolete versions of IE

"obsolete but still widely used versions of Microsoft's web browser software browsers"

"ob·so·lete

/ˌäbsəˈlēt/

Adjective

No longer produced or used; out of date."

unfortunately all these versions of IE are still current and supported by Microsoft. IE8 certainly can't be called obsolete because it's the highest version available for XP and server 2003 both of which are widely used.

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

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Re: tiles

To answer my own question I went to Techradar who have some pictures they took themselves. 2 things are immediately obvious

1. it's 5 tiles vertically as would be expected for a 1080p screen

2. That screen is very, very glossy

the vertical tiles thing is a dead give away that images have been stuck on afterwards.

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tiles

So on the windows 8 TIFKAM start screen vetically do you get...

3 tiles like you can see on the Dell video

4 tiles as shown on your photos

or 5 tiles as you would expect on a 1080p screen

I'm tempted by this device but I don't really want or need the tablet part. If Dell made this device for a bit less money just as a laptop and with a matte screen I'd take it, but paying for the "flipping screen" (this is what you'll call it in 2 years time when the connection wears out) which I can only see myself using for the first week seems stupid.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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XBMC

I went to check out the XBMC PVR stuff in the new beta. I was always a big fan of XBMC right from the start out of XBMP so I'd love to use this. In short it looks like a nightmare. You have to install a backend and a frontend then manually load plugins and get the whole thing to talk to each other.

Contrast this with WMC where you simply click setup live TV then agree to a few terms and 10 minutes later everything is done for you.

It's a shame XBMC is so complicated I'd like to switch to a PVR that can record multiple shows from a single multiplex/transponder. It means that for freeview HD you only need 1 HD tuner and the rest can be cheap £5 jobs from ebay. With 6 tuners you'd be able to record everything that was on. I just don't want watching TV to be too much like real work.

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Re: So glad I'd already given up on MS and Media Centre

"Stu. you must be running it on a high powered box the codecs you can use in WMC don't support offloading to the GPU so if you're trying to play HD on a nice quite little small form factor PC such as the Acer REVO you'll only get unacceptable jerky performance."

This just isn't true. The onboard h.264 codec uses DXVA to offload to the GPU. I had HD tv on an Atom Ion Revo. That played video fine but struggled a bit recording two streams whilst playing back a 3rd so I upgraded to an AMD APU based machine.

If your computer wasn't offloading to GPU then most likely you had installed some awful codec pack that was using ffdshow for everything or you just needed to update your graphics drivers.

I use the media browser plugin for accessing my media files I find it looks and behaves much better than the built in browser.

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Microsoft: We're SO SORRY for Media Center TV guide titsup

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Re: well thats a surprise

WMC is a very good PVR, it's a shame Microsoft seem to be shunning it. I have mine set up with dual freeview HD and DVB-S2 for foreign football. Also works great with all the online catchup services.

As for the EPG I only noticed on BBC HD as all the other channels could still happily pull the TV guide from the freeview/satellite signal. Freeview HD has an encrypted EPG so media centre isn't able to access it.

The problem with media centre is that Microsoft never pitched it well. They gave it a go when Windows 7 came out, there was an advert where a women was really pleased she could watch TV on a tiny laptop screen when her partner threw a rugby ball through the flatscreen TV. What they should have been showing was a computer attached to the giant flatscreen. Almost noone is going to watch TV on a laptop via a DVB tuner when it's easier to stream stuff over the net. Microsoft needed to partner with OEMs to offer boxes specifically aimed for STB use.

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Browser makers rush to block fake Google.com security cert

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Re: ?

"In any case, it just goes to confirm one more time how many of the certificate authorities do not belong on the trusted list in the first place."

Totally agreed, there was a recent update to the certificate authorities on Windows that broke my 802.1x because the number of trusted certificates went over 200. Some of them are just ridiculous, I can't remember the last time a site I went to had a certificate not signed by one of the major authorities

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

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hardware

I agree with the label of bonkers

I can maybe forgive the software side, iOS vs. Android is a tough one to call and some people are always going to come down on one side of the fence, but the idea that Apple make better phone hardware is laughable. The only iPhone that had a decent set of specs across the board was the 4S. Everything else has been significantly behind the curve of other smartphones. The iPhone is sold on the strength of iOS and the Apple brand not the specs of the phone.

However there is a general sentiment in this article that I do agree with. What I want from a smartphone is one that connects to all the available services and allows me to use them all with the same level of integration.

What I don't agree with in the article is that Matt seems to be suggesting that companies should never branch out. So Nokia shouldn't do mapping? Maybe Apple should never have made the ipod, or portable computers of any kind, they should have stuck at the Apple II and a laserwriter.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: What about those websites

OWA 2010 works fine for me in Chrome and Firefox with full functionality.

2003 only had the full experience in IE; never really used 2007 so can't comment on that.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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USB 2.0

Interesting how in the tests USB 2.0 is faster than firewire 400 and most of the time quicker than 800.

All in all this test just shows why thunderbolt will remain a niche product for the foreseeable future. USB 3 is backwards compatible with USB 2 so it's not a new thing to learn you can use your old drives in new systems and new drives in old systems and for most people it's as fast as the new thunderbolt.

Where thunderbolt shines is as in the Apple system where a single cable into your laptop from your monitor acts as a docking station. Even this is still a niche solution as most people are happy to hook up an HDMI or VGA cable and access any other peripherals wirelessly. Problem is Apple's monitors are stupidly expensive so we need to wait for other manufacturers to start producing similar products (assuming Apple don't have a patent on a peripheral dock built into a monitor). Also I don't remember seeing a laptop other than a mac that has a thunderbolt port.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: Oh go on, I'll feed em...

"...how many anti-trust suits do you think the AV market and the anti-MS brigade will bring if Microsoft started bundling their AV solution with their OS?"

Don't tell anyone else but they're doing this already and so far no one is kicking up a fuss. Windows 8 has a new version of Windows defender that includes the functionality from MSE.

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Israel plots gigabit fibre-to-home rollout

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fibre

That's why fibre is so good, just like copper before it, as long as you put plenty down you can keep increasing speeds as the network demands. 1Gbps today, 10Gbps in the future, 100Gbps after that.

Also 1Gbps is still very fast, it's fast enough to stream 17 HD videos at maximum bluray data rates. I'm not saying people won't need more in the future but I doubt that symmetrical gigabit connections will be common place even in 7 years time.

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Re: err

Charging devices whilst sipping hot beverages is what wireless charging is good for.

I can't believe this device sourced £100000

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Cheaper, slimmer Google Nexus 7 rumored for Q1 2013

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Re: Memory

Storage is a type of memory, in this case flash memory.

storage ≠ RAM

but that's not what was said

It's quite clear what the writer meant as no one thinks the Nexus has 16GB of RAM.

Saying the device has 16GB of storage isn't really correct since that implies there is 16GB of space to store stuff. In reality there is much less due to the way Android partitions up the available flash memory for use by the OS, installing programs and space for your files.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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is this news?

Strange story, if you've got Outlook 2013 then changes are you've also got Excel and Word 2013 so if you need to use this obscure feature of Outlook then you have the tools available to convert your old format files to new formats which are understood by the new outlook.

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Sharp-elbowed BT dives into 4G spectrum auction

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Re: Useless for hosting too

Are you sure about this?

I know for sure that T-mobile SIMs give public IP addresses. Running services on them would be a different matter entirely as the IP addresses change every time you reconnect.

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"Also this "it takes 27 seconds" crap is just rubbish. My electricity supply in to my house can only do 100 amps (according to the main fuse). I would never do that for prolonged periods as the meter's going to spin around faster than the Police Federation is right now."

Sure you're not going to use 100A for prolonged periods or most likely ever but what if your electricity contact meant you could only use 180Wh of electricity per month? That would be your 27 seconds @ full whack and I reckon it's about enough to boil the kettle twice.

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Re: BT need this...

" If one of the providers could offer say 100GB of 4G data at about £35pm, they'd win my business in a shot."

and there in lies problem number 1.

4G is quick, so quick that on the cheapest tariff you can exhaust your monthly download limit in less than 5 minutes.

problem number 2 is that 4G is only quick currently because nobody is using it. If companies started selling 100GB 4G connections for £35 lots of people would have 4G connections using it for home broadband and all that shared bandwidth would quickly get eaten up.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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win 95

"...32-bit Windows 95 to XP..."

Pretty sure pinball was only in NT versions of windows

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

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Why do they care?

Surely they realise that people who are prepared to watch copies of films recorded on cameras from inside the cinema, together with the issues that produces, terrible image, awful sound, people obscuring the view.

Are never going to pay to watch the film in the cinema, they aren't going to pay to rent the film from a DVD or streaming service and they aren't going to pay to buy the DVD.

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Issues

I guess the real issue is around the fact that this works anywhere rather than just next to your garage. You can picture the scene, on holiday on the beach,

You: "Siri, where's the nearest restaurant"

Siri: "Opening the garage door"

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Grinchy Google to shut down another batch of services

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Activesync

Fortunately my gmail is via a Google apps account. How much longer Google choose to provide a free apps account though remains to be seen. They've already stopped new signups.

If Google pull this feature then I'll probably move to outlook.com

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: !!!

I think that for the £25 the upgrade cost it was worth it.

I think the ribbon interface for explorer is fantastic, who hidden files and file extensions are now both right there on the ribbon rather than buried on the second tab of a screen opened from a menu.

The OS is noticeably faster than 7, dual screen support has been improved. My USB 3 ports work properly, they were temperamental at best under 7.

There are some nice cloud based features, my user profile settings for desktop colours and backgrounds are synchronised from my desktop to my laptop. My list of wifi networks and keys is copied between computers for me. My music collection is available streamed from the web without me ever having to do anything with my desktop where the music lives.

There are issues though, in 7 if I want to attach my printer I just click Add a printer and windows does everything else. On windows 8, it find the printer but I have to use an advanced add screen and refresh my driver list from Windows update before it will install. The start screen is annoying, it's not useless just there's no point to it. In most ways it's a backwards step from the previous start screen.

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Win7 hotspot hackers kick-funded - now they're network bondage pros

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very niche

Routers that can perform this kind of function with 2 or 3 net connections are widely available on the market and would allow all the devices in your building to share the Internet connections.

Or if you don't want to pay for a router you can use an old PC running some sort of *nix which will do the job for you.

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Nook Video store launches, brings UltraViolet to Blighty

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first retailer

You bought a disc that came with a UV license to play the film until Warner decide to stop you.

The Nook video store is the first place you can buy a UV license in the UK without first buying a disc.

UV is a mess. I bought a blu-ray last week that came with a UV license so I thought I'd check it out. First I went to the UV website and registered for an account, then I clicked on my collection to add in the code from the bluray box. Only that's not how you do it, instead I had to go to the flixster website choose my film from the list and enter the code there. This means I now have a UV account and a flixster account.

If I buy another bluray from warner it will show up on my flixster account, if I buy a new bluray from someone else I will need another account and another piece of software to play the film.

Once I got the whole thing set up it was a fairly OK experience but I think it's nearly as quick to rip the film off of the disc and recompress for the appropriate system.

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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SD card

The 820 has both wireless charging and SD card support but I think it's expensive.

I can see the point in wireless charging but the main place it would be good is the car and there isn't anything out there specifically for the car yet.

The pick of the Windows 8 phones is probably the HTC 8S

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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good enough

Problem is that PCs are good enough, and have been for years. As long as your processor is 64bit and your motherboard takes 4GB Ram then your computer is plenty capable of doing anything most people want.

In the enterprise market there is more use of thin clients coupled to some sort of virtual desktop environment.

Computers just don't need replacing any more.

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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

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Re: Manufacturers are listening, at least some of them are.

The UX32 with the 1080p screen was my choice for a new laptop. Unfortunately Asus have decided not to do this model in the UK. You can get the 720p version but not the 1080p.

I considered ordering one in from America, which would be cheap. Unfortunately I don't get on with the return key on US keyboards.

I did consider buying a UK model and a US model and swapping the keyboards but that's just a step too far.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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2008?

Not that the iPhone was the first (by a long long long way) but the iPhone itself was released before this patent was granted. How do they expect it to stand up in court?

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