* Posts by D@v3

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Jawbone leans over, whispers: Psst, guess who's in a criminal probe? Yes, it's Fitbit

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Re: Having just got a Jawbone device

My other half has recently moved from Jawbone to FitBit, after her 2nd (first replaced under warranty) fell apart within a year.

Jawbone (at least the fitness tracker side of things) seems to be winding down, almost no support available. When she went back to the retailer, they were going to offer her a third, but they no longer sell them, so gave her a full refund (it was those nice people who are 'never knowingly undersold')

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Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: Fibre

"unless you think BT and VM are chomping at the bit to roll out fibre to the home"

Funny you should mention that, just yesterday I got a letter from Virgin wanting to dig up my road so they can lay some fibre....

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: call about your accident

My general response to people wanting to talk to me about the accident i was in is,

'Christ, I've been in an accident? Really? Am I OK? Do my family know? It must have been serious as I don't remember it'

Generally don't get much further than that before they hang up, although you do get the odd one who doesn't understand and you have to spell it out for them.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Nukes are nervous about RF

I read it as being, there is so much EM in there already that using RF as a transmission media is no good due to the possibility of interference with the transmission.

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Re: SWAINOATS ??

anybody care to give us a clue?

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger?

Also, worth remembering, he didn't crash the plane into the Hudson, he landed the plane ON the Hudson.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Stardust

I enjoyed that thoroughly on a long train journey over Christmas.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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I'm Spartaclock

and so is my wife

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Re: smartphone = iphone

in a similar way, we have a number of Samsung tablets here, and they are almost exclusively referred to as iPads.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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lost drones

I saw one tangled in some lines (power? Phone?) above a pub car park the other day (10-15m high). made me chuckle.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Rose gold?

That's for v.2.

Have to get the repeat purchases some how.

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: huh?

That is exactly the problem (theirs).

Your kit is old, and still works.

If they can convince people who do need to buy a fridge (new home owners for example) to buy one of these, then instead of it lasting 'many years and work fine' as yours does, it can last ' a few years before needing replacing' thus giving them a steady income stream.

Too many manufactures seem to be trying to apply the 'I need a new phone every year' model to far too many other appliances.

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Re: Symon

Strategic application of force. Most useful tool in my kit.

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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iPhone 7 users still tied to audio dongles

I really don't understand why so many places are treating these like they are both the first blue tooth headphones ever (and there for the only alternative to a dongle with a i7) and also the only other headphones that will work with an iPhone (and there for the only alternative to a dongle with a i7).

I (and I'm sure many others here) have been using a variety of, really quite good thank you, both in ear and over year blue tooth headphones, for quite some time. Speakers as well.

They are a vaguely interesting gimmick, which may (but probably won't) work anywhere near as well as 'advertised', but at that price? I'd rather buy another couple of spares of what I already use, thanks.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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*** ANECDOTE WARNING ***

In a completely non-scientific study, I have just been for a walk on my lunch break. In the middle of December, in the south of the UK in a short sleeved shirt. This has led me to believe that it is considerably warmer at this time of year than it used to be, as I remember fondly the winters of my youth being warm jackets and skidding around on patches of ice.

This "winter" I have worn my warm jacket once, we had a cold snap, it lasted a few days it is now back to being about the same weather that it was in early October.

No science here, only opinion.

I don't -know- what is 'causing' it, it might be natural, I feel with the way the human race treats things (other humans, other animals, the planet) I would not be at all surprised, if somehow, it is our fault.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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Slade is Rock. Yes I would say are Prog.

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Re: pebble round

"A "Round" model announced later that year was an attempt to make a more stylish and better looking timepiece, but the cost was a big fall in battery life, to about a day."

This, is bollocks (sorry), I have one, battery lasts 3 or 4 days, only slightly less than the Time model.

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Re: Last firmware update.......

I'm with you on that Tony. I've had no problems with App stability, until the last update, crashes every say now. (watch firmware seems ok though)

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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This has got me wondering if there is any connection with the fact that the Pebble App, previously (for me at least) being nice and stable, was updated early this week and the stability has gone to pot. Have to force close it at least once a day.

As I've said on here many times before, I've been really happy with my Pebble(s) over the last few years, (was a backer on the original and time) and particularly impressed with the support (both software and replacing faulty hardware). It's a shame, but not exactly a surprise to see them go.

I'll stick with my Kickstarter Time, and Time round until they go bad, which will hopefully be some time away, but having found how useful having 'a small computer strapped to my wrist' is I'm wondering where I'll find myself then. Maybe see what the apple series 3 has to offer.

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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

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Pebble

As a once (well, twice) proud Kickstarter backer, it's sad to see the way this has ended. It did seem somewhat inevitable that they wouldn't last forever in their current form, it's just a shame that the end has been so definitive. While I like their hardware ( a lot) the thing that has really stood out (to this point) is their dedication to the Pebbler community, and now, in the blink of an eye, it's gone. Much like yourself, I have had issues with my hardware, and the support I have had in the past has been rock solid.

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Re: Virtual booths

You could have a collection of them, that you could take your time browsing. Collections of text and videos and pictures. You could probably even have several open at the same time, and, switch between them to make comparisons. It would be like a large Interactive Network of sales sites. There could be links between such 'sites' so say a 'booth' selling storage, could 'link' to a booth selling racks, and there would be so many links between these 'booths' that it would end up being like a whole web of sites......

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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US jails

I saw an interesting video the other day about US jails, and how they are run.

It was presented in a 'here is some humour with your facts' kind of way, but was very disturbing. Included such nuggets as the jails being run by private corporations, who in some cases (states?) have imposed minimum occupancy limits, and if those 'targets' (say, 97% full) are not met, then the municipality which 'runs' the jail is fined.....

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Re: double up the nagging.

you say that, but with my Pebble, I have completely muted my phone, no vibrate either. All notifications straight to my wrist, at a glance can see if it is anything of interest.

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

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@ fidodogbreath

Problem with the 6s isn't battery drain as such, it's that the battery suddenly decides it has no power, despite the battery meter showing around 30%, and shutting down. When you plug it in to charge, once it has enough power to switch on, it will show 30%+.

I find that between 100-30% the battery (on mine) is fine, its just that my battery is only 70% the size it should be (some of the time).

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Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

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Customer service

I have been a Kickstarter backer for both the original and the Time. Have my time on my wrist at the moment, very happy with it. One thing that I can say for them is their customer service has been excellent.

My first gen, kickstarter backed watch started suffering issues with 'screen tearing' a couple of emails and some photos later, and a new one was in the post to me. Any software issues have been quickly addressed.

It is odd, because, thinking about it, I have had far more problems with my Pebbles, than anything else I own, but the customer service has been so good, that I haven't really noticed.

Will be a shame to see them go, but, I guess it was kind of inevitable. Maybe we'll see some FitBit Pebbles....

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Big Music goes mad for chat bots and AI

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"Most chatbots aren’t really artificial intelligence"

No chatbots are really artificial intelligence.....

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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"The UK's first contactless mobile cash service"

Pretty sure my local Santander has been doing this for a while. They got some fancy new ATM's in branch a while back and they have a little 'patch' on it with the 'contactless' symbol on it. Haven't tried it myself, so I can't be sure, but that is certainly what it looks like.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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HACK THA PLANET !!

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Wire is good

But I find my smartphone and my tablet don't work so well when wire is all there is

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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The cheesecake

is a lie

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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6Music

I also got increasingly annoyed at how much air time on 6 'Music' was taken up by people plugging their new; book, film, tv show, or just about anything else that wasn't music.

Switched to Planet Rock, some adverts, but less talking, certainly less 'plugging', and mostly pretty decent music (if you like that sort of thing, which (i'm gonna make a pretty broad assumption) i'd guess most people here would)

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: cambsukguy

reasons to plug your phone into your computer....to charge it, add / change music, OS updates, App updates. Some of these can be done wirelessly, but some people (such as myself) prefer to download large updates to a PC, not direct to the phone.

also, you say, your phone has an SD card, which is great, but, another things this supposed Pro Macbook doesn't have, is an SD reader, so, you would need to plug your phone in to read from it.

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Re: reminded of a joke

Man walks into a cafe, there is a sign on the wall. Cheese sandwich £2, Ham & Cheese £3, Hand job £5.

Man walks up the counter, smiles at the attractive girl behind it and says, "alirght love, you the one that does the hand jobs" "most certainly am Sir" comes her reply.

"great" he says as he reaches into his pocket, pulls out £2 and says "be a dear, wash your hands and make me a cheese sandwich"

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Monster (other enrgy drinks are available, and probably much the same)

I have a friend who does / did surveying work, he once recounted a trip to a Monster factory, and about the large vats of (somewhat) volatile chemicals that could not be mixed together, until they were mixed with other, agents. Swore him, and me, off it for life.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Trigonoceps (displays are kept well away from the crowd)

Not always.

Was down in Devon recently, and saw the Reds' doing a display being 'shown' to people on the other side of the estuary. While most of the actual stunts were taking place over the water, there were a lot of turns and manoeuvring taking place what felt pretty close to (over) us, and there was a fair number of spectators on our side of the bay.

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F-117 Nighthawk

Just coz

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Cinema

I have seen a number of you saying how rubbish the cinema is, and i would just like to counter with my own (recent) experience.

Yes, the price of a standard ticket is ridiculous. However my local big chain cinema has started (and i believe many other large chains offer similar) offering an 'all you can eat' pass, for less than the price of two full tickets a month. Since the beginning of March, I have seen 26 films for the price of about 12. I am seeing films that I would otherwise have not been interested in, and also finding that if I have nothing better to do, I will go to the cinema.

Yes, there are far too many adverts, especially considering how much you would pay for a standard ticket, but I am fortunate enough to live quite close to said multiplex, and I am able to time my journey so that I arrive after the adverts have started, but before the trailers. I was once caught out by this at a mid day showing where i arrived what i thought was going to be 15 minutes into the standard half an hour pre-film 'show' only to find the end of the last trail.

To combat the issues with people sitting in front of me, or noisy people, I have found that many films are shown at a variety of times, so i do not go when it is likely to be busy (Tuesday / Wednesday Friday nights are the worst, Monday / Thursday early evenings an Sunday mornings, are generally not too bad). Of those 26 films I have seen, twice I have been the only person in the screen, and there are often less than 15 other people (in screens that hold aprox 100 people)

I have wondered on occasion about the idea that, the films are expensive, so people don't go, so more adverts are put in to help pay for the films, and the prices go up, and fewer people go, or maybe it's just that many of the films that get a wide release these days are, in fact, utter bilge. Those 26 films, are not all works of art, some were very good, some were just a mostly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. I could, if I so wished have easily doubled that number, but it would have involved watching some seriously questionable movies.

Like I said, this is my own (recent) experience, and understand that other people have had very different encounters with their local World of Cine. I am just trying to demonstrate that not all things are the same for all people. Sorry for the long post, and Hello to Jason Isaacs.

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

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managing desire

What if, with all the fancy colours and different storage options, they just haven't been able to predict well enough which combinations are going to sell, well, and as a result have a load of 128gb pink ones no one wants, but not enough of the, errr, 32gb white ones that everyone is trying to get hold of .

Back when all the iPhones were black and only came in a couple of storage options, it was easy, but with each iteration there have become more 'options' especially with the '+' models as well. (28 different models)

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Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

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Pint

Re: TitterYeNot

I'd recently come to the conclusion that is was a mobile phone shop ray personally.

A pint for the great man none the less.

(I never could get the hang of Thursdays.)

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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Re: pebble round

(slightly fewer) days between charges, looks like a normal watch, does useful stuff....

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Soz, folklore fans! Negligence, not Nessie, sank WWI German sub

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Question....

Given..."promptly surfaced and surrendered rather than drowning his 34-strong crew."

The boat sank after it had surfaced, the crew surrendered, and presumably, evacuated. So, what was the cause of the sinking?

(actually, having written that, and thought about it, I guess that seeing as it had taken on *some* water already, and now had no crew, staying a float might have been a bit of a challenge, or Nessie came back for another go)

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Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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Warning !! Anecdote alert !!

i could take a walk around the building, (not the office) and i would lose count of how many iphones i see, i wouldn't even run out of fingers for Androids.

I don't know that any of the mid to late 40 year old nurses, therapists, social workers and doctors would be classed as hipsters.

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NASA opens ISS to private sector modules

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a large module, with a couple of extra docking collars?

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: Push button

Pretty much the only thing i use mine for is...

"Hey, Siri, timer (x) minutes"

while I'm in the kitchen, and my phone is elsewhere. If i have my hands free to push a button, I'm more likely to just use my hands to do what ever it is that needs doing.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: >Silly us: we blew a Christmas On-Call story months before the day.

Local supermarkets are already selling christmas puds. Also saw both christmas and halloween decorations in the same 'seasonal' area the other day.

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Intel, Lenovo officially gone to the dogs – with FIDO fingerprint logins

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finger prints as passwords

Just as a counter point (which may or may not attract a whole bunch of downvotes).

While I understand the argument of, but you leave your prints everywhere, and you can't change them. I could, with reasonable certainty write down (one of my) password(s) on post it notes, and wander around sticking them in various places. Anybody who took the time to find one, would have a piece of paper, with a random string of characters on it. They would not know who I am, what service the password was for, or the log in / username for that service. The password on it's own, is not much use to them, neither is a fingerprint.

If you are concerned about people following you around and stealing your fingerprints off light switches, on the off chance that they also have physical access to the device(s) that they are registered on, I think you have bigger problems.

Yes, I use the print reader on my phone, I find it quite convenient. The concern that someone is going to lift my finger prints from somewhere and make a copy, is less of a concern than the idea that someone is going to steal my phone, which coincidentally is also pretty slim. When was the last time anyone here had their cash card stolen from them, and the PIN beaten out of them? Not saying it doesn't happen, far from it, just that that is, and always will be, a lot easier than trying to lift / copy a finger print, from a surface that probably has dozens of overlapping prints, and being able to match it to a person / service.

I'm not saying finger prints are the best 'I have a hard time remembering my passwords' solution, just that the fear of having them stolen from you is a little dramatic, especially when you consider how many people, when they get the nice friendly box that pops up saying, 'would you like me to remember your password' just instinctively click, 'yes', at which point anyone who has access to the device no longer needs even the username, as they can just browse to a site and be auto-logged in.

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Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore

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Re: Siri / Shazam

I think it is 'powered by shazam' (even if you don't have the app installed), but you can just ask 'what song is this?' and it is usually quite acurate.

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Here's how to see Tim Cook or SatNad strut their starkers stuff

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better than the alternative

you upload a photo and they graft it onto someone else's body.

been stalking someone a little too long, never fear, FantasyCams.Sex are hear to relieve you.....

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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weapons?

For a warship, doesn't appear to have many weapons. They could of course be hidden by the RADAR obfuscation tech....

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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ooooooooo, so close

http://meetthebrick.com/uk/

(not a smartphone, but still, a Bluetooth phone, to connect to your phone, and actually, with a 1+month standby battery and an SD card, maybe it is quite 'smart'...)

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