* Posts by David Paul Morgan

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

David Paul Morgan

Re: very practical commuter around London

is it exempt from the congestion charge?

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we're two years into our current Yaris lease/hire

and this means that they'll have the bugs ironed out by apr/may 2016!

Seems like a worthy addition to the prius/toyota hybrid family.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: Satellite

slingbox solo?

http://uk.slingbox.com/go/slingbox

would be one way.

I also use a scart --> UHF transmitter plugged into the TV aerial socket (don't use the aerial) to 'pipe' the TV tuner signal to the rest of the house TV's.

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Re: DAB...

yep! Planet Rock, err, Rocks!

as does BBC 6 Music.

I actually have three DAB radios - A 'pure' upstairs, an Asda cheapy in the kitchen and a 'pure' portable for the car. (I used to tuck the 'speaker' cable along the edge of the windscreen before plugging it into the head unit. nowadays I have to use an FM transmitter!)

In the house, I usually use the freesat version, or stream to chromecast or use PS3, depending on where the station is.

Most often in the car, I 'send' from my Xperia using the RadioPlayer 'app'. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.radioplayer&hl=en_GB (yes, I have plenty of data!)

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

David Paul Morgan

Re: And what do you *lose* moving off ICS ?

I put a kit-kat variant on my tf101 and gave it to my brother.

runs perfectly well.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

David Paul Morgan
FAIL

never invest what you can't afford to lose

I have backed 2 projects via Kickstarter.

One is a new thin wristwatch which is 18 months late delivering.

the other is a 'fan' CD/DVD theatre project.

I may never see the wristwatch. I will be slightly disappointed, but the investment was only the cost of a Chinese dual-sim android device!

The CD/DVD was worth a few rounds of drinks. I suspect that they will get the funding for that and they are not re-inventing the wheel, just renting/buying studio facilities.

caveat emptor quod veteres Romani, ut dictum est;

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

David Paul Morgan

This sort of thing reminds me of...

... the old ICL DRS-300 computers that were modular and could multi-window.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICL_DRS#DRS_300

ICL were often way ahead of their competition, but never quite set a global standard...

Each module was, unfortunately, the size of an A4 box-folder, but flexible despite that!

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

David Paul Morgan

Re: what puzzles me ...

there was plenty of poster advertising for the Z-Series.

I walked past an entire Samsung demo in my local shopping centre to buy a an Xperia 'T' outright from CPW.

Moved to the Z1 Compact for the 4G - although I could have waited, as it took ages to arrive on O2!

As I've said many times before, love the sony Camera experience (still & video on the Z series) and I like the Walkman software "I'm listening to it on my walkman" sounds so much better....

(and the design language and the minimal skinning and the NFC connectivity)

The Samsungs are soooo plasticky!

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Re: I don't know why anyone buys a locked phone

my preferred method is definitely to buy the handset up-front and keep the connection + data part separate. I was on £10+£7(unlimited data) for ages.

I did go the 24month route for my Z1 Compact which has 5GB data/month, but by going through Carphone Warehouse, it meant that the handset is 'unbranded' by the network operator, but I still kept the same network operator. I probably won't CyanogenMod this handset, as I like the Walkman & Sony Camera parts. To be fair to O2, their handsets are only lightly 'branded' and certainly not sim-locked to Network. (or have not been, in my experience)

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

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NFC used daily...

when I tap my Z1 compact onto my fitbit, the fitbit 'app' is brought to the front and sync starts.

When I tap my Z1 compact onto my headphones, the headphones power up and my Walkman/Unlimited/BeyondPod plays my programme and when I get home, I tap my Z1 compact onto my sound bar and the current programme transfers from headphones to speakers.

Other people use the tags to change profiles for sleep, going out, getting into the car, etc.

saves all the 'faff' of bluetooth pairing on new devices and I wish it was a standard feature on PC's & Laptops to make data transfer a bit easier.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

David Paul Morgan

Re: Dual screen? Check. Dual core? Check. Dual SIM? Oh, no.

dual sim needs to become 'the norm' - or GSM should now allow one or more 'logical' sims.

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Re: spying (and don't forget spivving)

ICL eventually were merged into Fujitsu, via the Fujitsu-Siemens interim company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Computers_Limited

I still miss my ICL Series 39 DX/SX machines. Had a trimetra for a bit - running unixware, NT4 & openVME on the same intel machine!

(I also had an ICL TeamServer running unixware that survived the local government reorg and was still running unixware until a few years ago! a P100 intel processor, I think!)

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

David Paul Morgan

Re: Short memories

Well,

I had the HTC Wizard (200) as the O2 XDA mini S

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Wizard

in 2005.

We had one each. interface pretty good, if resistive. could use grafitti or handwriting too.

Also interfaced really well to the Windows media player and had an e-reader and proper internet browsing and mail clients.

I think we forget what a great influence HTC have been on the smartphone market.At one time, HTC Desire/Sense WAS the face of (Android) smartphones!

Incidentally, a lot of people at the time did not 'get' why we had palm pilot or windows mobile 'pocket computers' and now everyone has one - what a difference 10 years makes!

(I had the handspring cellphone 'backpack' before that, which enabled palm o/s to go online too!)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

David Paul Morgan

I had 2 electronics kits...

my first was a merit - I think that was illustrated.

I remember my older cousin teaching me

Bye Bye Rosie Off You Go (to) Bristol Via (the) Great Western for the resistor colour values when I had the Philips kit. Other variations available! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_electronic_color_code_mnemonics

My mate had the mamod steam engine.

I had the later mecanno.

We had a Matchbox slot car set, powered by a loop of spring - like a san-francisco street car, and you put sticky pins under your favourite car to convert them into slot-cars. Me and my brother used to race a Beetle and a Sports Car, to represent Herbie & the Apollo from "The Love Bug"

I had the Prinz microscope, too! My mate had some sort of russian modular microscope which cost a fortune, but the bugs looked just the same in either!

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

David Paul Morgan

Re: Hipsters? Poseurs, more aptly

I still have my Aiwa 'beat box' portable cassette recorder/player and my Sony MD Walkman (4xplay for audio/talking books, 2xplay for 2 CDs per disk)

I used to timeshift radio 4 programmes for listening on the train or in the car (via the cassette audio adapter!)

I had one pre-recorded MD - Reef http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glow_(Reef_album)

by the time sony got to the 1GB MD format, memory cards and dedicated music players had already stolen their thunder. As I've said before, I love Walkman on my Xperia! (ony a 32GB uSD as I stream)

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

David Paul Morgan

the common factor here is...

... that people who have a large smartphone are going to use it as a small tablet with telephony?

I use my Xperia Z2 (tethered) with my Z1 Compact - the Tablet is more for pdf's, Zinio, browsing and the compact is for txt/hangouts/facebook/twitter/Good.

At meetings, it's the Tablet as you have to read minutes and take notes, so that's easy with the Swype (etc ) keyboard.

cursus equorum

I agree about having a decent data tariff!

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

David Paul Morgan
Headmaster

plenty of debate and examples for Chrome vs iOS

and in this article - point 3 - which I've seen elsewhere, echoes what most schools who have tried both find,: that the Chrome way is more collaborateive and easier to generate content.

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-06-30-3-reasons-why-chromebook-beats-ipad-in-1-1-programs

disclaimer: I am a chair of governors at a primary (us. elementary) shcool and the previous Head bought iPad devices and I don't think they've been used for 8 months. I found myself doing the research on this subject after the event. I'm convinced that we should have gone Chrome.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

David Paul Morgan

Re: One Omission

perhaps it supports the MHL protocol? in which case, get a £5 - £10 micro-usb to hdmi adaptor off eBay etc?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: Android OEMs are copying Apple in all the wrong ways

this is not true.

My Xperia-ence (see what I did there) from the S, T and Z1 compacts/Z2 Tablet is that they've received all the Android updates in a timely fashion and I expect Lollipop by end of Jan on the Z1/Z2's.

The 'skinning' is minimal and, yes, Sony include their own media 'apps' which you can choose to use or not. I'm using the Sony apps, but my partner is using the Google media apps.

The Z3 Compact is, without doubt, the 'best' smartphone on the market, especially for media consumption AND generation because of the quality of the Sony camera. Plus, it supports micro-SD and DLNA and you can just plug it into your HDMI TV to smartify it. Also, getting them sim free is possible at a good price if you shop around.

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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

David Paul Morgan
Meh

Not suitable for all doors?

I have a uPVC/double glazed front door, and ISTR i was quite pricey to change the lock on that.

Also, the interlocks would have to be electrically driven too?

i can see how a simple yale lock could be altered and strengthened, but a modern double-glazed door is a different proposition, surely.

(yes, I'd love to use NFC to open the door - but there's also the worry about what happens when the power goes off...)

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

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I agree about the specific customisations...

I think the manufacturers should be supplying as close to a 'base' version of Android as possible, but then supply separately, downloads for the Camera, Walkman, touchwiz/sense etc that they think will enhance the experience.

I have to say I had an unbranded chinese dual-sim gingerbread device about 2½ years ago and it was really handy, once I'd customized the launcher. The only 'flaw' was that some accented character text in the music player was displayed as a chinese pictogram!

Good luck to Xiomi as 'the west' seems to have long ago abandoned this sort of consumer hi-tech manufacture.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

David Paul Morgan

Re: Witness the power of phone operators

oddly,

MMS is about the only thing from O2 that 'costs' me as an extra - inclusive minutes and txts - ample and a lot of mobile data - so I don't even use the 'free' txts but the hangouts-over-data (to other hangouts users, of course)

I sort-of like this soft SIM idea, but the GSM committee needs to get control to allow proper universal free (as in unrestricted) access to it, so ordinary folk can have full flexibility over network providers and data connectivitiy. 1½ cheers?

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

David Paul Morgan

I'm still surprised...

... that Apple, Microsoft and Google have not already bought out their own GSM networks.

For a soft SIM to be really useful, it must be fully open and, yes, let the service providers compete fairly and in a more open way.

The changing size of SIM cards is already restricting users flexibility - I don't have particularly fat fingers, but have you tried swapping micro- and nano- SIMs from one handset to another?

Plus, I previously found having a dual mini-SIM android handset really useful - one for me, one for work, so I would hope that any 'logical' SIM 'address' would allow you to have your main number/services AND your secondary/work service, with sensible seperation of services, address books etc.

The SIM card having your contact numbers used to be useful, until address books became better - and now in the cloud, so why not get rid of the 'card' itself. The GSM organisation MUST make sure that no single vendor exploits this unfairly.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

David Paul Morgan

Re: Doesn't matter if the features have been available for years...

putting the NFS chips in the handset is only the first stage.

Surely, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal et. al. could produce a smartphone application for ios, android, windows etc so the consumer can pick and choose which tap-to-pay system they wish to use - and link to a payment system that suits themselves.

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Apple is the reason some stuff happens

I'm still amazed that Google, Apple & Microsoft have not bought up a 'network operator' each - in each main market, to impliment a seamless gsm/voip experience using the various smart handsets.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

David Paul Morgan

Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

no-one 'replaces' their DVD collection unless something new/better comes along.

eg the remastered Star Trek Next Gen Blu-Rays whcih look stunning compared to the original un-remastered DVD's.

Streaming is the way forward, of course.

I loved the improvement when I went from PAL -> Digital -> HD TV.

4K will be great for a more immersive domestic experience, but of course, for most living rooms, HD, 16:9, 37" screens are pretty good.

I'm glad that Netflix & Amazon/LoveFilm are embracing it and hope Google Play Movies /' Apple catch up so there's even more choice!

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Nice to see...

that Panasonic are still making a contribution and a choice in this niche market, rather than chasing the herd.

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PhabletPhace: All the cool kids are doing it in Asia

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incidentally...

... how do Chinese and Japanese people write text using a smartphone?

I would have imagined that stylus input for brush-strokes would have been ideal..?

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makes sense...

as for some folk, this is their main/only "networked communications device"

An ideal size for business folk on the move.

If you link your bluetooth headphones, then you can take calls and/or listen to your music on the go.

Add dual-sim and it's an ideal travelling/roaming companion.

now, where did I leave my old HTC-Flyer? I sense a CM 'upgrade' project coming along, to keep up with "the kids".

(I have a downloaded ROM which enables the 'voice' part of the hardware AND keeps the pen functionality...)

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

David Paul Morgan
Megaphone

she's right, of course.

The odd picture is one thing, but concert-going has been well and truly spoiled by arms in the air with a fondleslab - and the jPhone owners also holding the darn things portrait mode whilst recording video (splutter, aargh!)

Why not bring back an entire recording ban as part of the ticket purchase BUT with a code for an official picture set from the Artistes website?

(where's the grumpy old git icon)

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

David Paul Morgan

Interesting terminology...

... You make mention of a 'set top box',

but in all my years of adding gadgets to TV's (VHS, BSB, Astra/Sky, DVD+RW, NTL Digital, Sky digital, Virgin Media PCR, Humax PVR, Xbox/PS3) I have NEVER ONCE either installed my own devices to sit on top of the TV not have any of my friends.

They always go UNDER the TV.

In the age of 'waffer thin' TV's , a SetTop Box is a near impossibility!

NTL/Virgin have done a great job, despite being shafted by BSkyB/NewsInternational IMHO

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

David Paul Morgan

why do Samsung...

... keep putting the standby/home button at the centre/bottom.

It's like they were asking for trouble.

I'm sticking with Sony Xperia (Z1 compact, Z2 tablet) for a while as I like their design language and minimal android customisation.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: No oil

i'm not sure how useful this stuff is, tho'?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

David Paul Morgan
FAIL

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I've deleted facebook official and other variants from my handset and now have an icon to the m.facebook.com site which is actually nice. none of the clients have behaved themselves.

for 'messaging' I only use hangouts (for hangouts and txt), gmail and yahoo mail).

instagram, vine et. al. I don't 'get'

Facebook is great for a continuous 'low level' awareness of what your acquaintances & friends are doing, but direct message is hangouts/txt (or email)

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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Meanwhile on Brontitall...[thank you, Douglas Adams]

WISE OLD BIRD:

Now listen. Our world suffered two blights. One was the blight of the robot.

ARTHUR:

Tried to take over did they?

WISE OLD BIRD:

Oh my dear fellow, no, no, no, no, no. Much worse than that. They told us they liked us.

ARTHUR:

No?!

WISE OLD BIRD:

Well, it’s not their fault, poor things, they’d been programmed to. But you can imagine how we felt, or at least our ancestors.

ARTHUR:

Ghastly.

WISE OLD BIRD:

Precisely. And then one night, the sky boiled…

ARTHUR:

It what?

WISE OLD BIRD:

Boiled, dear fellow, in the most improbable way.

ARTHUR:

Ah.

WISE OLD BIRD:

And this gigantic vision appeared in the sky. A man with a Nutrimatic Machine. You, Arthur Dent. And you said:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

Listen you stupid machine it tastes filthy! Here take this cup back!

WISE OLD BIRD:

…and you threw the cup at it! An astounding revelation!

ARTHUR:

It was nothing.

WISE OLD BIRD:

You were sarcastic to it! You said, er:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

So I’m a masochist on a diet, am I?!

WISE OLD BIRD:

…you told it to:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

Shut up!!

WISE OLD BIRD:

In a moment we realised the truth: Just because the little bitches liked us, it didn’t mean to say we had to like ‘em back. And that night we rounded out every last one of the little creeps:

GUY:

Bring out your dishwashers! Bring out your digital watches with the special snooze alarms! Bring out your TV Chess games! Bring out your Auto-gardener’s, Technoteachers, Love-O-Matics! Bring out your friendly household robots! Shove ‘em on the cart!

ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

What is this? Have we not loved you?

ANOTHER ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

Have we not cared for you?

YET ANOTHER ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

Have we not shared and enjoyed with you?

GUY:

Shut up you little toadies! Get on the cart!

[The robots murmur in concern]

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

David Paul Morgan
Coat

perhaps someone could write ...

... a camera plug-in that can generate pseudo-ViewMaster slides?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master

annoyingly (off topic) why didn't viewmaster ever make a camaer? it could have used 110 film cartridges and had a similar form-factor, too.

http://www.subclub.org/shop/gaf.htm

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Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: Been there - 11 years ago...

ooh, now THAT is innovative! 2003? Surely there's been an advance in nano-tech materials to make this work?

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Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

David Paul Morgan
Boffin

Re: agreed

I managed to get KatKiss on there:

http://public.timduru.org/Android/tf101/KatKiss/4.4/

It seems to be ok, except I don't think bluetooth works. Video/hdmi out works, so you don't need a chromecast.

I can't check as I've reinitialised and given to my brother. (and he's in north wales and not that technincal).

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David Paul Morgan
Happy

agreed

I've had my transformer tf101 for three years and it's running a kit-kat variant atm.

I'm now looking at 'upgrading' to either another Asus OR the Zperia Z2.

Our Original HTC flyer is plugged into the TV (next to the chromecast) for streaming google play or other (non-chromecast) material.

I think there's a CM variant that updates the Flyer, keeps the pen function and turns it into a 'phone, so I might have a hack at that.

I'm certainly not changing just for the latest shiny-shiny.

(OK, I will like the design of the Z2 to match my Z1 compact handset...)

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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Re: I'm torn...

I've had my (wifi only, 16GB) version for a week now.

I love it.

thin, light fast.

I seem to have taken the Sony 'shilling' as I now have

Z2 tablet, Z1 compact handset, 'DJ' headphones, PS/BT/Keyboard (works nicely with the Z2) and the SRS-X5 BT/NFC amplifier/speakers 'brick'.

Gave my 3 y.o. TF101 'netbook' to my brother.

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I'm torn...

... between this Z2 and the Asus TF701T to replace my TF101.

I love the dock on the TF101, but I have a rather nice full size BT keyboard so might get away with it.

However, the onboard sound seems to be better on the 701T?

not bothered about it having Wi-Fi only, as I 'tether' my existing devices through the Z1Compact anyway.

I love the thinness - which might be the decider..?

Back on topic, my toaster has a re-heat and a 'frozen' button, plus a little rack that you put on top, to keep your buns warm!

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

David Paul Morgan

Re: Really?

but you're not allowed to leave the walled garden...

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/19/apple-imessage-failed-iphone-samsung

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

David Paul Morgan

i'm on the 5GB plan...

... but have to go to Manchester or London to get it! (4G)

nothing in South Wales/M4 Corridor or Bristol areas yet!

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

David Paul Morgan

Re: Z2 Compact

we've just had a pair of Z1 Compacts. Love the camera, the screen, the Walkman. nice size, fast performance. Are they planning a Z2 compact ?, because that would be really great too!

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

David Paul Morgan
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Don't try and build it all in...

I think the sony concept of a seperate lens system has tripod legs...

http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/lens-style-camera

so you have the benefits of better 'optics' when you need it.

That said, I think I still prefer having a seperate viewfinder, than trying to see the screen in bright sunlight!

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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we love ours

picked up a pair in CPW the other weekend. no O2 4G in Cardiff atm, but on a trip to London, the browsing etc was superb.

The screen is crisp and bright and everything is speedy all around.

The camera is great - and the reason we went with the Xperia S & T before that. The Sony camera software gives good results for me.

TV connectivity is also very useful - bought a £10 hdmi/usb convertor dongle. great for your google play music, youtube, spotify etc.

Feels a little strange in my hand after the T, but I like the Z series 'design language'.

Also, the Sony 'skinning' of the Android interface is stylish and does not change the basic experience too much, if at all.

two thumbs up from us. Bought (unbranded) with a 5GB monthly allowance on O2.

The daily battery like is very very good - even before switching on all the very efficient stealth modes built into this device. Both our Z1 compacts are 'tethered to our Transformer tablets and this also works very well.

Happy Sony Xperia Fanboy here.

(and it's water resistant - it took we 2 weeks, years ago, to dry out my HTC Wizard after a sink-dunking...)

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

David Paul Morgan
Holmes

I bought this the other day:

one of the best capacitance stylii I've ever bought. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161106148078?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 much better than the carbon-fibre rubber tipped ones. It converts into a paintbrush!

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

David Paul Morgan
Alien

... and the current missing aircraft..?

1) Bond Super Villain with blimp/thunderbird2 type vehicle has 'swallowed' it. (coated in stealth material of course.

2) mechanical failure and it went straight down.

3) Aliens (see one, but with a tractor beam / transporter)

4) the pilot did it.

99) maybe a hijack, but I really don't think so.

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David Paul Morgan
Megaphone

biometric anyone?

I do not believe that it is even possible to get past passport control with a biometric passport.

You stand in front of the official, they scan your passpoprt code. up come your details, they look at you and pass you through.

Coming home, my passport lets me into the booth, my face etc is scanned and I walk through (to wait half an hour for my bag...)

Plus, all the loudspeaker calls for people who have forgotten to even GET on the plane.

AND STILL, we're made to feel like criminals just before we go onto a half hour flight!

El Al, everyone can take their water onto the plane. UK - "Excuse me Sir, but it's a criminal offence to carry a bottle of water onto the plane" (which I forgot was in the bottom of my bag from my hiking weekend....)

I ask again. How the hell did they get ON a plane with a stolen passport. ridiculous, or, as usual, only the UK and the USA are following the rules...

[I'm going to have a little lie down now....]

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

David Paul Morgan
Stop

bring back the view-finder?

'nuf said.

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