* Posts by Dan Melluish

24 posts • joined 30 Aug 2011

Don't be an April Fool: Update your Android mobes, gizmos to – hopefully – pick up critical security fixes

Dan Melluish

SIM free UK model for me.

Dan Melluish

@Andrew Commons

I totally agree, I don't trust that list at all any more! When I got the phone it was a relatively new programme and Google were making all the right noises. Oreo phones were promised 3 years of support, 90 day security patching and 1 major letter version upgrade. If it sounds too good to be true and all that...

The phone is working fine so I have no complaints on that front. I probably thought it was a better buy than some of the competing models because of what appeared to be a clear update policy verified by Google...that's annoying.

Dan Melluish

I specifically chose my new phone because it was on that list. It's been at least 5 months since I last received an update :( I've contacted the manufacturer about it and just got the standard line of "if you press 'check update' and nothing is found then you are all up to date and don't need to worry".

I guess I could contact Google about it but what would they really do about it (apart from remove my particular phone model from the list)?

It's a Huawei by the way.

Android fans get fat November security patch bundle – if the networks or mobe makers are kind enough to let 'em have it

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Re: Yep my android updates last night

The Enterprise Recommended programme seems like a good idea but I'm not sure there is any substance to it. See https://uk.community.huawei.com/software-17/lack-of-huawei-p20-uk-variant-updates-251/index1.html for some of the fun and games UK Huawei P20 owners have had. The P20 is an enterprise recommended phone.

Does that 90 days include operator testing and customisation? Specific regions? What happens if a manufacturer doesn't roll out patches within 90 days? I guess they just get removed from the 'Enterprise Recommended' list?

National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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Re: Support TNMOC, Boycott Bletchley Park

Those are some interesting links - thank you. I recently visited Bletchley and although I knew Colossus was in another museum on the same site I didn't know there would be a locked gate stopping access at the most logical point on site. Not great if you have a disability!

Still, TNMOC was amazing and I encourage anyone vaguely interested to get there and have a look round. The Colossus rebuild is an amazing achievement but the museum is also packed full of lots of other exhibits that will bring back memories.

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Where does the angle of Bletchley Park Trust and TNMOC not getting on fit into this? At the moment the Bombe is part of an exhibit in Block B complete with Enigma machines, notebooks and other artifacts. The live demo of the Bombe is a big crowd pleaser.

The crowdfunding site says "The National Museum of Computing needs £50,000 to keep the Bombe on the Bletchley Park Estate." Seems a bit odd - is it in danger of being moved elsewhere?

Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

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Re: question on google nexus

I sort of remember (from my Nexus 4 days) that only the latest build gets patched. I was using KitKat when the StageFright patch was released and it was only added to Lollipop (when the Nexus 4 version was still really buggy). I guess the situation is still the same. And, i suppose it makes sense too.

Dan Melluish

Great news!

Cool, i'll look forward to getting these patches on my phone so it's all safe and secure. Hah! Nah, only joking.

You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch

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Where are those monthly updates?

Didn't some Android phone manufacturers commit to providing monthly updates following the Stagefright vulnerability? Is it still a thing...or has it been quietly dropped?

Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: NOT suitable for enterprise.

Losing all my text messages when moving between Android and Windows Phone (and back again!) was a bit painful. Anyway,sounds like this might have been resolved quite recently - MS have released a message backup app.

http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-releases-contactsmessage-sd-card-backup

Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Fire TV stick remote

Just to clarify, the Fire TV stick does come with a basic remote (so you don't have to use your mobile to control it). The compatible extra is the full blown voice-search remote from the Fire TV box.

O2: no Ice Cream Sandwich for some Sony Xperia owners

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Go

Use wotanserver instead

For anyone wanting ICS, pop over to wotanserver and grab the update there. You'll have to pay a few euros but you'll get the unbranded Sony ICS update. Personally I didn't think it was that great - quite clunky (the lack of memory shows).

Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

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Unhappy

Re: Prices in £ please

No problem - just use the usual IT exchange rate formula.....change the $ to a £ and leave the numbers as they are.

Everything Everywhere activates top-secret erections

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Some praise due?

I know some people are having a few teething issues with the network merge but I think EE are due some praise. An Orange employee posts on digitalspy and had this to say....

"As far as I know this is the first time ever that two networks have been integrated in this way. It is even more of an achievement seeing that the two networks use different equipment manufacturers who have said previously "You'll never get the network equipment talking to each other. Totally incompatible!!". The team of EE engineers spent untold sums of time and money to make the impossible a reality. Even the equipment vendors were astounded that EE got two totally different networks talking to each other, not only that but to also incorporate Smart Signal and in-call handover through 2 different infrastructures? I think that's a totally amazing feat, and should be commended."

Personally my Orange 3g coverage has improved and i'm seeing no issues with speed. Then again, I guess YMMV. I'm sure EE are ironing the bugs out.

UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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Coat

Re: My experience

And by phone i meant dongle.Derp.

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Meh

Re: My experience

I see Three give you 14 days to return a phone for a refund. Catch is, it has to be "unused" - so unwrap it carefully and format it before sending it back!

Ten... Qwerty mobiles

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Coat

No Nokia E5?

Shame the Nokia E5 wasn't on this list. GPS plus Nokia Maps navigation (offline with little data use) is great on such a cheap(ish) phone.

Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Useless still?

You can drag and drop folders using the new Windows client - makes life a LOT easier.

TV market stalls as LCD sales slow

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Re: Hardly surprising...

Our old Philips 32" CRT measured 110 watts or so on our energy meter. The Samsung 32" LCD that replaced it.....110 watts. That figure can be reduced a little by switching on the "energy saving" mode (i.e. reduce the backlight brightness) but the picture quality nosedives.

Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

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Holmes

Re: It's all relative (natch!)

I believe Benedict Cumberbatch was interested in the role of the 11th Doctor, but ultimately decided against it. He's a fan of the show and would like to appear in an episode though!

Ten... Freesat TV receivers

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Happy

I found a fix for the narrow field of view on my Humax Foxsat remote. If you flip down the front cover you'll see the window for the display and a second round window for the remote sensor. On my Humax both windows had some grey tint paint applied. Carefully scraping the paint from the round window has resulted in much wider field of view for the remote! Seems like a bit of a daft design. I can't take credit for this fix - I found it on one of the Humax support forums.

The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

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Happy

"Launch dialer->press search/lens button->start smart dial :)"

Didn't know that! Ta!

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Meh

Android or HTC Sense?

"Surprisingly, only Android supports smart-dialing directly from the numeric keypad."

Is this an HTC Sense thing? Can't do it on my Gingerbread Nexus S :(

Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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Meh

I quite like the ribbon!

I've come to quite like the ribbon in Office 2010 - I didn't like it at first but i've come round to it....of course I had a period where it took me ages to do anything in Word while I figured out where everything was.

I suppose that is the biggest issue MS will face - what about all those corporate users? Training your staff is a *big* issue and might be enough to put some buyers off. Then again, if they are already using Office 2010 and Windows Vista/7 then it isn't going to be such a big change for them......i don't know.

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