* Posts by djstardust

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Maybe so

But at those prices Apple can go suck.

Apart from that, the SSD being soldered to the motherboard is a definite no-go for me.

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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How much?

Bloody hell .....

At least the displays are decent. That's about it.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Hmmmm

Windows update service = disabled

Windows modules installer = disabled

Job done.

P.S. Why do they spend so much time on Edge browser when absolutely no-one uses it?

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Thomas Cook website spills personal info – and it's fine with that

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Well.....

Their incident reporting is obviously as late as their shitty charter flights.

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We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

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GPD Pocket

£400

USB 3.1

USB C

Micro HDMI

128gb SSD

Intel Atom

8gb RAM

7" touchscreen

Windows 10 home

It's around £400 and I've been using my one for months running VirtualDJ with HD video out and it works a treat. It's also available in Linux for the geeks out there.

Don't even waste your time MS as you're late to the party, your one will be infinitely more expensive then abandoned after a matter of months.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Apple are shit nowadays

Not a desirable product any more.

Mass market poorly designed and manufactured crap that gives you the least for the most money.

That's why the keyboard is glued to the frame and the hard drive can't be replaced.

That 285 BILLION dollars in their bank account is you getting plainly ripped off.

Wake up people.

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Facebook tells users to report crappy customer service from advertisers

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Interesting this

Especially since so many non legitimate businesses use Facebook to advertise for free.

There is one in our area (Gardens, landscaping, roofing, tree surgeons surprise surprise) who constantly have "competitions" no-one wins except the business owner's sister. They are also known for overpriced and incomplete work but literally hundreds of people have reported their page and Facebook just refuse to do anything about it.

As far as I am concerned Facebook are complicit in their illegal activities by giving them a free advertising platform.

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BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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BT

Thing is, if they tried actually being nice to their customers they might get more business.

They need to get above the broadband rat race and stand out.

No more discounted 12 month contracts that double after the first year

No more stupid introductory prices for new customers whilst the current ones get increases

No more false promises about broadband speeds

No more rip-off out of contract costs on BT Mobile

No more line rental increases to pay for the sport that most users don't want

And on it goes.

BT have become a toxic company like M&S and BA and it's going to take a lot of work to get customer confidence back.

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You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

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Just more BS

From Apple. All they want to do is make as much margin for as little cost base as possible.

I have a £400 GPD pocket laptop that has USB-C, USB3, a headphone socket and micro HDMI out ..... so what's Apple's excuse for not including these ports on a "pro" laptop at many times the price?

Add to that a non-removable SSD, non-upgradeable RAM, still no touch screen or "yoga" tablet form and a shocking keyboard and it really makes you wonder why anyone would by one.

Apple will be the next Nokia. Tick tock tick tock .......

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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It's not funny at all

It's our taxpayers money being flushed down the shitter when GB PLC is already in a financial mess.

If it wasn't for all those multi million pound homes being bought by the Russians and Chinese with dodgy money where would we really be?

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Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform

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Good

Most of these "free" ad supported apps are crap anyway and the ads are over intrusive.

I would much rather pay for a fully working version with no ads.

Saying that, many of the really good independent apps I bought when android started have been snapped up by the big boys and that creates it's own problems ......

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UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

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Or

He could just tell Offcom to do their effing job and stop BT running away with countless grants whilst delivering very little.

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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Under glass finger scanner

Isn't very good from what I'm reading on Twitter

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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GPD Pocket

Maybe there a market for non power tablets and the likes.

I have a GPD pocket, it's Atom powered with 8gb RAM, 128gb SSD, runs Windows 10 with no issues at all and has more ports than Apple or MS. Cost around £400 and I use it as a DJ laptop which runs all night flawlessly outputting HD videos.

Not everyone needs i5, i7 and all the shiny stuff at well over a grand. The Pocket is solid aluminium and is made by a non-branded factory. It has sold well and proves that you don't need the best of everything to succeed.

Microsoft have no strategy at all, and it shows.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Confusing .....

The range of phones and names that Huawei / Honor have out at any time is just so confusing.

They all look similar but there are vast differences in price with no rhyme nor reason to the feature set on the handsets.

The fact they also bring out a new handset literally every week says it all.

Samsung used to do this and have now cleaned up their act a bit.

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Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

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Seems that

Idiots on Facebook are still doing these stupid data slurping "quizzes" and have no idea that they are allowing both their own and their "friends" data to be harvested.

EN.NAMETESTS.COM

Here's Your Sick Note From Work!

Bitch, Angel Or Badass?

What Is Your Irish Nickname?

What Disease Will You Develop According To Your Name?

What Bitchy Quote Do You Wish Was Written Across The Sky?

Funny thing is that the people I see taking part in this shit are supposedly mature adults in their 30s and 40s. (who are then unfriended)

Jesus!

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Or they could actually manufacture the product to last for more than twenty minutes .....

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This is

Just so typically Apple.

They have tried to pull this one quite a few times and end up giving in, so why not enhance the customer experience and just admit there's a fault in the first place?

Surely it's what should happen given the fact you pay at least 3 times the manufacturing cost when you buy their technology?

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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This is laughable

When they find it doesnt work (shock, horror) they will then try and ban VPN's in the UK.

Banning smoking in shared or works vehicles hasn't worked one little bit and this will go the same way.

How about for once @UK Gov actually works out a proper solution to an issue instead of banning or taxing something else instead?

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Apple to devs: Give us notch support or … you don't wanna know

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I find this funny

Back when the iphone came out, Apple were having a go at S60 claiming it was a developers nightmare because of all the different processors and especially screen resolutions. iphone apps were clean and perfect because they didn't have to be developed for the lowest common denominator.

Wind things on 10 years and ..........

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LG's flagship arrives with <checks script> ... G7 what now?

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Apparently .....

LG executives thought .... what can we do to make our next phone stand out and make people want to buy LG

And the answer was ..... copy everyone else (but put in a smaller battery)

What a joke.

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Apple's latest financials are still pretty decent even though iPhone sales are slowing

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Re: Only 4,000 Macs?

That's probably correct.

They are horrendously expensive, SSD soldered to the logic board, useless touchbar and a keyboard that craps out in no time.

I'm actually surprised as many as 4000 mugs bought them.

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Just stop buying their shit

And Apple's too.

They'll get the message eventualy.

Expensive tech should come with a minimum 5 year warranty too IMO

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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Re: We are currently experiencing large volumes of customers

Certainly will judging by the people I talked to in the large queue at my local TSB yesterday.

The pensioners seemed happy enough but everyone else was plainly pissed off.

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Springwatch: Windows 10 spotters May have to wait a few more weeks

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That's really spooky .....

My previous search prior to loading ElReg was:

"How to completely disable Windows 10 updates"

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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This is exactly why I now avoid Apple gear

Poor quality components and build leads to inherent faults but out of warranty you're on your own. And for the price of Apple products and the fact they are "premium" (apparently) they should have a 5 year warranty.

£502 for a keyboard replacement is insane, especially when you can buy their complete standalone metal one for an already expensive £129. they are really really taking the piss with this.

Time and time again this happens to Apple gear but mugs just go back for more. Bending iphone 6 models, peeling screens, dodgy batteries, MacBook Pro video card issues ..... the list goes on.

On the other hand, my 8 year old 24" cinema display backlight circuitry died this week. It was one of the old school Apple products built to last, unlike the thin designer crap they produce today. Given the fact it was used pretty much every day over an 8 year period and cost £600, that's twenty pence a day, so not bad value at all. But after investigating it is in fact another inherent design fault where the power supply to the back light burns out. Most of these cinema displays are now dead with exactly the same issue, but of course Apple now don't repair them or stock any parts. Shock.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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A disaster

As a TSB customer of 33 years (It was Aberdeen Savings Bank when I signed up) I have finally decided to move on. Shame really as the local branch have good long term staff .... but the real issues are higher up the chain.

This is yet another example of outsourcing not delivering (Accenture) and another company using outsourced IT support rather than a professional, committed in-house team.

Good luck hiring IBM, because most of their decent people either got the Ruud Gullit or moved on somewhere else.

I have a real issue with outsourcing, especially when seing what's recently happened with Carillion and Crapita, and any company who I find willingly using it to save a quick buck (in the short term of course) will be losing my business.

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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

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Hardly a surprise

In the old days, you paid the price for the handset (divided by the monthly amount the handset was worth) plus the airtime on top.

Now the big boys see contract handsets as a money spinner, so they up the monthly fees, extend the contract length (some now up to 36 months) and add an up-front payment so if you were to get the handset and equivalent sim-only deal it's a couple of hundred pounds more in some cases, and that's not factoring in the bulk buy discounts they get on the handsets.

Bottom line is that they have tried to rip people off and it's caught up with them.

In my weekly wonder round town, EE seem particularly expensive, but given they are now owned by BT that's hardly a surprise.

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Re: 25 years?

My concern is whether Capita will be around then. Given the current state of outsourcing let's hope it's a hell of a lot shorter than that.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Oh well

Does that mean free line rental then as telephone users won't have the old system to pay for now?

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: Zen

BT - £31.50 per month

Zen - £46.99 per month plus £55 activation fee.

As much as I loathe BT it's reliable and far cheaper than Zen.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Or maybe....

Great idea and hopefully the start of a trend.

I'm a DJ, and more and more people now come up for a request and shove a phone in my face with their track on Deezer, Apple Music etc. I just completely ignore them until they actually speak to me.

The whole issue with smartphones and social media is creating a generation of people who won't communicate face to face. this is a problem for the future of society.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

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Hmmm

I have the Note 8 and it's almost perfect, apart from the headphone volume being limited to death and no FM radio. The new Galaxy S9 is pretty much the same device.

I still think the issue here is pricing. For some time now Samsung have put £50 on each new handset to match Apple and it's getting ridiculous. The price of some contracts for this are over £60 a month.

Bear in mind this is the same level of handset as the original Galaxy S, and it sold for £399.

I'm not denying it's not a great handset but the price (and profit margin) is just too high.

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Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

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Just

Don't buy it.

They will all get the message ..... eventually .....

I can guarantee if someone sold unrepairable cars then there would be a revolt. This is no different.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: Trump slump

Well it is supposed to be the greatest country on Earth. They can keep it to themselves.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Hmmmm

And how much do the components actually cost?

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Hmmmm

£120 extra for the cellular version ..... Apple are clearly still taking the piss I see.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Agreed

You would think they are deliberately copying Apple and their stupidly expensive iphone X with this. Hang on ........

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Yet again

Subcontracting falls on it's arse

Will people ever learn .... or is it really all about moving responsibility on and cost cutting?

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: don't worry, our ads aren't as effective as we told you

No-one ever clicks on the ads and most people ignore them.

On Windows, and ad-blocker gets rid of them,. and 3rd party Android wrapper apps hide them too.

I really don't know why companies use FB as an advertising platform as it seems a complete waste of money to me. I would never advertise my businesses with them.

P.S. I was visiting Houston the week Enron collapsed. We went downtown to see their empty office block. The fallout was huge at the time. Being big doesn't make you immune to go out of business.

Facebook has hurt legitimate selling platforms with their marketplace, damaged web forum communities with groups and created an entire platform for attention seeking idiots. Above that they have manipulated society which is not good for anyone. The quicker they are gone the better.

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

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Oh wow

Seems America wants to be as insular as France.

Although I suspect this may have something to do with not harming Apple's market share (who's phones are ironically made in China)

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Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

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EE (BT)

Went in to the EE shop today, and they're now really bloody expensive.

Monthly tariffs on the newest phones are insane and their PAYG prices are higher than you can buy the handset sim-free unlocked.

You can tell BT have taken over, that's for sure.

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

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Oh dear

Any chance of fixing Skype, Office and you know ..... Windows 10 before wasting time and money on shit like this?

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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I'm assuming

If you use a VPN masked as another region then it will bypass the age checks ... or is it not that simple?

I have a BT router and there's no way to change the DNS. Does that affect anything?

(Sorry, I'm not that technical really)

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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Re: That's a bummer of a way to start a Wednesday

It's the staff I feel sorry for.

First Toys R us, Maplins and now Hawkings Bazaar......

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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Just the usual then ....

M$ have absolutely no strategy.

Release products no-one wants

Release products people do want but make an arse of them

Buy over decent products (skype) and make an arse of them

Turn the magnificent Windows 7 in to a slurping nightmare with a terrible update strategy

Kill Windows Mobile which with proper development would have been a major competitor for Google / Apple

Release very expensive poor quality hardware that doesn't even work properly with their own OS

Seriously, how these muppets are still in business just amazes me.

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Outsourcing .....

Isn't working. Crapita, G4S, (we don't give)ATOS, Serco are all as bad as each other.

Screwed up contracts, bad employee relations and billions of pounds down the shitter.

Seems Amey are at it as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-43350287

Seriously, I can't see why the public don't really seem to care about this. It's a national embarrassment and should be kicked in to the long grass. Ultimately it's our tax payers money being wasted.

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HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why

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Samsung Smart TVs

Exactly the same.

Come bundled with loads of useful apps.

Gets updated for 6 months or so

Then the apps start getting pulled one by one until your very expensive "quad core" smart TV is pretty much useless.

But people still keep buying them and listening to all the PR bullshit.

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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It's not just Apple

Samsung have shoved yet another £50 price increase on their S series handsets. When will this end ...... when people stop buying them.

The Note 4 was £569 and the Note 8 is £869

The Galaxy S was £399 when it came out, now it's double for the current model.

Even factoring in inflation and Brexit tax this is absurd. Manufacturers are just taking the piss. And this time Apple have been burned and it seems Samsung just blindly follow them.

I'm all for businesses making a profit but billions of pounds profit is just greed.

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Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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Looks like

They need this at their sub-contract factories to offer mental health support rather than suicide nets.

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