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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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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Sys-EX

I remember part of the midi spec that allowed the transfer of samples over the midi interface using system exclusive messages. I had a yamaha keyboard that claimed to support this, copying out to the sequencer went fine but I never managed to restore the samples back to the keyboard.

I did a gig once with two desktop PCs running windows 95, keyboard and drum machine all nicely synced with midi not even a slight hiccup.

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Google Adwords scammer charged premium to call NHS Direct

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Refunds?

I take it the £50000 is used to refund all the people who dialled the number?

I also presume that the company and it's owners are banned from owning a premium rate number for the next few years.

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.WTF? Governments object to .sucks, .army and .airforce

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dvorak

This whole thing reminds me of the dvorak keyboard.

The dvorak layout was invented to speed up typing, but because people had got so used to typing on a qwerty it actually slowed them down.

This is a similar thing. if I want to go to Amazon I know the address is amazon.com because after more than 15 years using the Internet the standard tlds are very much engrained. Also web browsers will auto complete tlds for you, Google chrome looks up the addresses as you type, most people go to websites via a search engine.

It's just a solution looking for a problem.

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YARR! Library Wi-Fi PIRATES can't be touched by Queen's men!

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awesome

So, do I need to register myself as a public Wi-Fi network provider or can I just open a network on my AP?

What about FON? If I get a FON router does that exempt me?

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Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America

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Re: Twitter already is https

and posts on twitter are private how?

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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

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Why bother?

First up, why bother patenting this? It's a system where a customer can order some music or other data and at that point the data is written to a CD-R and posted out to the customer.

Thing is years ago the companies that make the CDs worked out roughly how many they needed to make and then made that number. That works out cheaper than maintaining the equipment required to automatically produce CDs on demand.

So what we have here are patents for a process that is

1. Obvious

2. Unnecessary

3. Nothing to do with an on-demand music streaming service

Also, Internet radio stations.

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Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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700MB download

I don't get it,

I have the 2013 preview installed and the initial download was 489KB.

Then running the install downloads the rest of the suite as it installs. Don't tell me they've got rid of this option for the final release and are making people download the whole product.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Re: In the meantime.

simple reason for this, Nokia aren't selling the Lumia 920 sim free for £279. If they were I have no doubt it sell at a similar rate.

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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Re: WTF is GiffGaff

People want it because it's cheap. £10 a month covers all my phone and data usage. You can set the goodybag to automatic and auto top up for your credit, so it becomes like having a contact with no minimum term and no notice period.

The network is quite unreliable and the website extremely unreliable but it works well enough for the money I pay. It helps if you have a few people you contact regularly using the service as it costs you nothing to call or text them. It's a great network for groups of kids, if they all get their friends to join each one gets £5 credit and they only have to top up £5 every three months to talk to each other for free.

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Teen project sparks WORLD-WIDE PEE-POWERED HYPEGASM!

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Re: Quick calculations

You see, I've looked at this and to me it does stack up. Your calculations show it is perfectly plausible.

They're not cracking hydrogen out of water, the hydrogen comes from the urea which requires a lot less energy. There probably is enough energy in the urea to power the generator for the times given.

You don't need to pressurise your gas if you don't intend to store it, remember they aren't making hydrogen for use later, the generator is running off of the hydrogen as it's produced.

So instead of rubbishing the work and saying it doesn't work, these girls should be applauded for doing some pretty neat science.

Is this going to solve he worlds energy problems? Of course not, you have to insert urine at a rate of 1L every 6 hours and since the important component is the urea you going to need proper, first thing in the morning, piss to make it work. That doesn't mean the system itself isn't working.

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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

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power supply

Once again Intel set off on the wrong path.

The power supply should be internal, especially if they are targeting markets like digital signage. Apple manage to get a PSU inside their mini and they still have enough room for two hard drives.

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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

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Windows Defender

Windows 8 includes the new version of defender which rolls in Security Essentials.

No real need for any other AV at the consumer level.

Also @Efros, windows 8 can mount disc images without the need for a 3rd party driver. Not sure what images are supported but iso works fine.

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Asus pledges Android 4.2 update for Google Nexus 7

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Re: nexus device

My Xoom is also a UK wifi device I installed the US firmware onto it and it promptly upgraded to 4.1

After a bit of messing around mine even has flash working.

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Re: nexus device

I'm guessing that the Motorola Xoom will get 4.2 as well once released as it's a Google experience device.

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The iPhone 5 WILL do 4G magic on Three ... but not until next year

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Not converting yet

Since EE have 120MHz @1800 they've got plenty to share between 4G and 2G.

Once they transfer the 30MHz to three they will no doubt add some 800MHz

I'd expect all the networks to maintain 2G capacity inline with the number of phones they have using it.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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Re: BT is also guilty

I get two of these a month telling me to sign up to the new "super fast" service but my exchange is at least a year off being upgraded.

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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

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£238?

The Samsung 830 and the crucial M4 are both almost as fast and they can be had for around £130 why pay this much

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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Re: Shakespeare

Yes, as are all the other highlighted people on this list. Maybe the highlighting has some significance.

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Philips eyes trendy homemakers for app-controlled e-lights

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Re: Hmm

"Unless of course somebody can tell me it's worth that price per bulb in theoretical energy savings, which I doubt considering the bulbs are 50w compared to the 12w I currently have plugged in."

50W equivalent as in same light output as 50W tungsten bulb. These are LED lights though so much less power usage than your 12W CFLs

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

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Re: Excuse me

"And if you're going to convert it, then why not into a unit we all understand.and tell is it soared from the height of 2962.1849 double decker buses. Or 197.4788 Brontosaurus."

I don't think you can use double decker buses or dinosaurs for height only length. I think for height you need to use Nelson's Column so 525x the height of nelson's column.

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: Charm bar thing....

This was going to be my point, when everyone asked "is there going to be some kind of tutorial?" you forget to tell them "there is but we've neglected to let you see it"

I can't remember when the tutorial is shown but it's either part of the OOB experience or at first log in to a new user account.

If they don't get to see the video how do you expect them to know what to do?

How many of them would have know how to produce the start menu in Windows 95 the first time they saw it if they didn't get to see that weird animated arrow that flies in from the right first time you log in?

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: Windows 8, the first Microsoft OS since DOS that needs a keyboard

To get back to the desktop you just drag the charms bar in from the right, hit start then choose desktop.

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drag the window swticher in from the left side of the screen which lets you toggle back to the desktop.

It's not obvious but there's certainly no need for a keyboard.

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Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

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£25 for a box and a couple of DVDs

The boxed version of Windows is £49.99 available to pre-order now. The download version is £24.99, why is there such a difference in cost? Who is going to pay £25 for a box and some DVDs?

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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more reviews like this please

laptop with fairly decent performance but let down by everything else not sure it even deserves the 65% but it's a good start. Poor reviews for their products are the best way to get through to manufacturers that this isn't what people are after.

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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

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Re: browser choice? from Handle

Chrome and Skyfire are front ends for the iOS webkit browser, neither of them is a fully functioning browser.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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optical drives

I don't use my optical drive for installing software any more as it comes downloaded from the Internet these days. I also don't use it for burning discs, it's much easier to use online storage or a USB drive.

I do however use my drive all the time for ripping CDs, DVDs and BluRays.

Now the number of CDs I'm buying is decreasing as mp3 prices fall but I think we're a way off having DRM free downloadable films so my desktop computer will have a bluray drive for the foreseeable future.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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UK pricing

£269 for the cheapest model, £80 between each model and £100 extra for 3/4G

compared to £190 for the Nexus and £160 for the ad supported kindle fire HD. You'd have to be very committed to Apple/iOS to go for the ipad.

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Apple adds Fusion Drive IO to iMac

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very easy to do on other hardware

I think most new intel chipsets have this functionality built in. You build your system on to the big spinning drive and then in the intel storage management you combine in the SSD, the driver takes care of the rest.

I think I'd rather have the drives separate, use the big disk for storage and the SSD for the system.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

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EE site

If you look at the EE site it seems the pricing is a little more complicated.

e.g if you already have a 4G phone and you want a sim only deal 5GB a month is £36, still expensive but not as bad.

If you just want data you can get a data only plan which according to the website is significantly cheaper for 18 months than it is for 24 months - £26 for 5GB over 18 months or £36 for 5GB over 24 months.

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fallback

The problem here is that EE don't have a nationwide 4G network this means that if they did give you 100GB of data to use you would need to be able to consume it on 4G and 3G and 2G.

Now they could say you can have 100GB of data on 4G and 500MB on legacy networks but this would be a hugely confusing model for most people.

I take it all these packages are advertised as unlimited?

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BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

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a little bit lives on

A little bit of ceefax still lives on in the form of the page numbers on the digital service. Football is still on 302 with the brief stories on 312.

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Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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UAC

if your program requires access write access to its own install folder then it is up to the program to set those permissions when it installs. If it doesn't set the permissions then it is the fault of the program not Windows.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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differentiators

I take it this guy hasn't realised that you can plug a mouse into an android tablet? Also most Android tablets support USB OTG you just need the correct adaptor and you can plug your USB accessory in.

As far as I can see the differentiators are the interface which some people will like and some will hate and the full versions of office programs which are irrelevant since the only reason for having Microsoft Office is Excel VBA which you don't get on the arm version.

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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USP

Microsoft had a USP with the keyboard cover but it stops being a USP if you have to pay extra for it. They should have priced it $499 including the keyboard. I also think the 16:9 ratio is a mistake.

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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

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"A[sic] unencrypted stick amnesty by the force's data controller.."

So the force has a data controller? Sounds like a good place to start with the redundancies then. If your job is to look after the data and you are not then you should loose your job. This is a basic point, no sensitive data leaves the systems unless it has been encrypted.

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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inches

The problem with inches arises when things get small, I can't stand hardware reviews that tell me a laptop is 0.6 inches thick or a phone is 0.35 inches.

While we're on the subject can we start a campaign for tool manufactures to make tape measures with metric on top and inches on the bottom? Or better still ones without inches at all.

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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fresh water

Fresh water rarely does any damage.

most water damage to phones is caused by the phones being turned on before they're dry.

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Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

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update instructions

I see the update instructions tell you to go to "install optional updates" to install the update. For those who haven't used Windows 8, the install optional updates shortcut takes you to the desktop windows vista/7 style updates application. There is also a metro style update app which doesn't seem to be recommended by Microsoft.

I guess this is similar to any instructions from Microsoft dealing with the control panel in XP, the next instruction after opening the control panel is always "click the link to switch to classic view"

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Apple to spice up Blighty iPads with 4G

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and it will be called?

new new ipad

newer ipad

newest ipad

next ipad

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