* Posts by Fuzz

897 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: Chrome?

The numerous processes is a feature of Chrome, every tab runs in its own process so that one dying doesn't take down your whole browser

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Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

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technology looking for a problem

NFC isn't a technology looking for a problem, it has loads of uses. Pay by bonk from a phone is not one of them.

The main use for NFC is to initiate pairing with other devices. This link can then be used to play music over wireless speakers, transfer files between phones or anything else you can think of.

People need to stop pursuing the pay by bonk concept, it's not convenient to have to

1. Unlock your phone

2. Open your pay by bonk app

3. enter a pin for the pay by bonk app

4. choose the virtual card you wish to pay by

all to make a "quick" payment, imagine trying to do that at the M6 toll booth with a queue of cars behind you.

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Doped nanotubes boost lithium battery power three-fold

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comparison

How does this compare to current li-ion batteries?

Saying you can charge it in 10 minutes is fairly irrelevant, if you have a 5Wh battery and you charge it with a charger capable of producing 5W (as is the case with all modern USB phone chargers) it will take at least an hour to charge. The only way to make it charge quicker is to use a bigger charger. The battery on my current phone is 8.7Wh, if the new style battery provides 3x that then that's 26.1Wh. To charge that with my 5W charger will take at least 5h12'. To get the charge time down to 10 minutes would take a 150W charger, i.e. something nearly 3 times the size of most laptop chargers.

The useful thing here is if they really have managed to treble the capacity but if this comes to market we'll see HTC produce phones with the same size batteries that last longer which will be ignored by the buying public. Then Apple will release an iPhone with the same battery life but the smaller size of battery will allow them to make the phone thinner. Then Samsung will copy Apple's lead and all we will have gained are slightly lighter phones that still need charging every day.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Writer was intent on high risk of failure

"I don't know of anyone (with reasoning skills) who totally relays on a cars "Mile to Empty" gauge in any car. Everyone knows the cold can/will affect your cars battery, so this twit should have AT LEAST considered the fact that a car that relies only on battery power, could also be affected by the cold weather."

I do, when I fill the tank in my car the gauge says 439 miles, it's never done less than that. If the gauge says 100 miles left I'd quite happily set off on an 80 mile journey with no petrol stations along the way. If the car says you have 180 miles of range and you want to go 120 then I would expect that to be OK. If it's not OK what's the point in the gauge? Nobody is expecting it to be accurate to the mile but I reckon most people expect to get within 20%.

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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Re: Ethernet (not gigabit, unfortunately)

It will definitely have some SSD as all ultrabooks have to have some. It will use Intel's caching system to move frequently accessed data onto the SSD.

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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bestseller

"The $249 Samsung Series 3 Chromebook – the most popular model to date – topped Amazon's list of bestselling laptops throughout the holiday shopping season, "

That's because it's cheap and it looks like a laptop and providing, like most people, you never want to take the laptop out of your house it works great.

If you sold proper laptops for $249 they would sell way ahead of the chromebook

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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back to the tablet PC

To qualify as a windows tablet PC the device had to have an active digitiser. I'm guessing most of these were made by Wacom. The one on my Panasonic CF-18 is.

Anybody whose only experience of using a stylus input is either a resistive screen or a capacitive stylus just have no reference as to how useful a stylus can be.

When I'm using the CF-18 I use it in laptop mode and I use the stylus instead of a mouse, it's very quick and very accurate.

The important differentiation between a digitizer like this and resistive or capacitive options is that the digitizer doesn't respond to your hand touching the screen. This means that for a tablet you can rest your palm on the screen as you would do when using paper and when in a laptop mode you don't have to contort your hand to keep stray fingers from the screen.

The S pen gives you both capacitive input from your fingers and digitizer input from the pen so you get the best of both worlds. This is one thing that keeps me looking at the surface pro.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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RE: cheap tablet

This tablet has a 1024x600 10.1" screen, a crummy processor and poor wifi.

It's got 4 stars on Amazon but all the reviews say something like.

"I love this tablet it was so cheap, only problems are the wifi drops out all the time and the screen is a bit fuzzy and [insert name of app] keeps freezing and doesn't work properly.

Sounds like a great buy to me, I'm sure Apple and Samsung are worried.

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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get it down to £100

Get this down to £100 and they'll sell loads, £150 is still a tiny bit too steep.

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Re: One question

My Ativ S can send contacts via bluetooth or NFC, I can't remember if that option was there on my mozart because I can't remember the last time I wanted to send a contact via bluetooth.

1. send contact

2. searching for bluetooth

3. not found

4. tell friend to check they are discoverable

5. go to start

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Buying office for the home

Who buys office at full price for home use?

If you've got kids who need to do their school work then you can get full pro license for office for peanuts (I think the UK price is currently £30).

If your place of work has a subscription to office then you can get office on a cheap deal

If you can't get either of these then Google Docs is pretty good, the online version of office is pretty good, if you must have a program you can use offline then libre office or openoffice.org will do the job.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

I don't know about Outlook because I haven't checked but certainly in Excel you can use all the old shortcuts as well as the new ones even though the options aren't displayed on the screen.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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improvement not from windows 8

The improvement the engineers are seeing is from having new hardware to run on, although they seem to have downgraded on quality. The old CF-29 was a beast capable of surviving drops from huge height and had no need for a case. The new equivalent would be the CD-31.

It sounds like they're trying to write some windows 8 style apps though so maybe that will make it worthwhile. Somehow I doubt it, I find that as long as you have a keyboard it gets used over an onscreen replica

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Average

I take it this is a mean average.

I think for this kind of study you'd be better off rounding all the speeds of to the nearest 512 or 256 kbps and then using a modal average. That way it doesn't matter if there are 10 people in your sample that all have 300Mbps connections on test from virgin. It would be far more informative to say most peoples connections were 1-2Mbps at peak and 10-15 off peak.

It also presents a better metric for uswitch to get people to switch. I'd imagine that on the whole most providers are very similar when you take a mean average of speeds.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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screen choice

Recently a friend broke the gloss screen on his laptop, he bought it to me and asked me to replace it. I asked if he wanted a matte screen, he practically bit my hand off.

Now a matte screen replacement for his laptop was readily available for the same price as the glossy version. If that is the case why don't we see this as a choice?

Once you get passed the matte vs. glossy there are more problems. Resolution is one, laptops don't have enough resolution. At the same time screens made for desktop business use are being produced with daft resolutions my users don't want 1080p 21.5" screens. They liked the 1680x1050 22" screens. I'm not saying don't make glossy screens or 16:9 business screens just give the market a choice instead of deciding what they want for them. Personally I think 3:2 would be quite a nice ratio for a screen but nobody's going to start making one now.

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: Looked good...

Exactly 4GB is OK for most stuff now but you can't upgrade it and also 4GB of RAM is cheap and this is a premium product.

At least offer a model that has 8GB of RAM and then consumers will choose.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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Re: print to go?

I think it works as per your second theory, i.e. the blackberry appears as a printer to the computer. On the computer you go to print your boarding pass, train times etc. etc. you choose the blackberry as the printer. On your blackberry you can view the "printed" document.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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dedupe

I don't get it, how do you dedupe encrypted files when they're encrypted with different keys?

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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How can Microsoft get this stuff so wrong

It's not hard.

1. This device needs 8GB of RAM, 4GB is fine most of the time but sometimes it isn't, RAM is cheap but you can't put any more in this device so the manufacturer should include it.

2. The keyboard should be bundled, it's a major selling point of the device without it it's just a very expensive tablet with a limited supply of apps. If you're not bundling it then it should be $50 tops.

3. The SSD should be 128GB or 256GB, 64GB is going to disappear very quickly when you've got a full install of Windows. My laptop has a clean windows install and it's using 20GB, the surface pro will have a recovery partition using a similar amount. By the time you've installed Office and you're only starting at the formatted capacity of the SSD you're going to have about 10GB left for files.

My laptop is old and clunky and I'd definitely replace it with a surface if this stuff was solved, but the main problem with my current laptop is that it is maxed out at 2GB of RAM so I'm not going for anything that can't be upgrade to or comes with 8GB to start.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: I would upgrade but...

I think the upgrade assistant is confused.

Your USB3 will work but not with whatever drivers/tools you have installed now, Windows 8 has native USB3 so will provide its own drivers.

If you have a bluetooth stack I'm guessing your laptop is Toshiba if that's the case you'll find the Windows 7 one works fine but you'll probably need to uninstall it and then reinstall after the upgrade. Your MS tools will also be fine. I haven't found anything that runs under 7 that won't run under 8. Also there is compatibility mode for really troublesome apps.

Of course the best thing to do is not to actually upgrade but run a clean install.

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Re: Two questions

Question 1. Yes

Question 2. I don't know, as you say from a technical point of view it's fine and will work. I'm not sure whether your license to <del>kill</del> use windows 7 is revoked when you install the upgrade.

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Re: Upgrade = Full

Have you tried either of these? I'm pretty sure neither will work, however the upgrade copy of Windows will quite happily install and activate on a clean machine.

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@Eadon Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

"The directory layout is crap - "program files(86)" - Users/My Documents" etc. No! I want to work from a subdirectory that hangs directly off "C:\""

how is the directory layout of Windows different to unix. On unix home folders are /home/username, on windows they're C:\users\username. On unix programs are installed in /usr or /usr/local or /opt depending on how they got there. In windows, programs installed properly are in c:\program files. On unix settings are stored in /etc on windows they're in the Registry. Data used by programs is in /var on unix and in c:\programdata on windows. Apart from the registry it's total stupidity to think that these system differ in much more than the names.

"The Windows 7 file system is poor. It takes a long time to copy /manipulate files, relative to Linux / Mac etc. "

NTFS is a very good filesystem, compared to ext4 it's amazing. I performed a live expansion of an ext4 filesystem the other day I need to grow a 6TB array by 1TB, it took 4 days. The same job on NTFS takes a few seconds. Also deleting files on ext4 is very slow compared to NTFS. Unlike you I'm not going to comment on the mac filesystem because I know nothing about it, it could be the greatest filesystem going but I don't know, because like you and Windows I don't use it.

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Use your loaf, Europe! Eat more fibre - high-speed web lobbyists

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fibre not the problem

I don't think fibre to the home is the problem here. I have a FTTC based VDSL product and it's connected at around 80Mbps, however if I'm downloading a file the download speed will only rarely hit 7MB/s usually I see 4-5.

BT have a FTTH product but it connects onto the same backbone as the VDSL so I'd wager a lot of the time the improvement is minimal.

At the same time the amount of data people need to download will plateau the big consumer of bandwidth at the moment is video streaming, but compression techniques are improving all the time. 80Mbps is already enough to stream native bluray content video can be compressed far better than it is on a bluray. Problem is that there are very few services that could cope with a lot of people all wanting to stream video at those kinds of rates.

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Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations

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Re: @Artic Fox: You are surely not suggesting that there are companies out there........

Windows 98 would be no problem, there's no way anyone got 98 to recognize a USB flash drive.

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: Its never the parents fault eh?

not usually, I drank pretty much every week from when I was 15 until I was legally allowed to buy alcohol at 18, (I didn't stop then but that's beyond the scope of this comment). My parents would have been outraged if they had known but I would go out and stay with friends or come back late after they were in bed.

If you have a law that says it's illegal to sell alcohol to minors then it makes perfect sense to test and prosecute shops that don't comply with that law.

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Facebook shoves biz pal Microsoft aside, unzips new Graph Search

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first thing on the list to do

If facebook want people to use their search then probably the first thing on the list is to make the search box on the site look more like a search box. At the moment the box is slightly reminiscent of the interior of a Hotblack Desiato stunt ship.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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Re: Search for which movies or music your friends liked!

Forming your own opinions is not the issue. The problem is some of my friends have terrible taste in films and music, they aren't my friends for their film or music tastes. Therefore if I'm wondering what films or music my friends like I'll generally ask them when I speak to them, which I do because they're my friends, rather than waiting for them to volunteer this information to a social media site and then leeching the information from there.

Similarly if I need a plumber I'll know if any of my friends have used one recently and ask them about that.

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Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

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buy buy sell sell

Best get selling those shares off whilst the price is good.

Nobody wants a facebook phone, if you want facebook on your phone there are loads of phones that do that already either with apps like iOS or integrated into the OS like Windows phone.

To make a search engine that people stop using Google for you will have to make something amazing, since facebook isn't amazing why would anyone think that a search engine produced by facebook would be amazing.

A facebook OS? Seriously

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Today's antivirus apps ARE 'worse at slaying hidden threats'

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Problem is people don't like not having access to files

I have friends who are pretty IT literate and they refuse to accept that it's not stupid when windows denies you write access to program files. They can't grasp that their should be no reason to write to program files as a normal user and if they have a program that requires that then the either the program needs rewriting or the program should set the correct permissions when it installs.

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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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