* Posts by djstardust

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Hmmm

Despite the currency fluctuatiion et al, I still can't help thinking Apple, M$, Samsung etc have just used this as a bloody good excuse to increase margins and shaft UK punters at the same time.

The price of Apple products especially are horrific (and the actual products aren't too great either) so it will just take people to stop buying to reverse this worrying trend.

Interstingly Huawei/Honor products have gone up too (although not nearly as much) and they're good value for money unless you want to impress with the latest shiny shiny.

Give it 18 months to see how it pans out.

Hopefully by then Ryanair will be gone too :)

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Oh yeah .....

Oh, and if you do decide to update straight away, please do the sensible thing and take a backup.

See, this is precisely the reason I don't use Apple products any more. I had three iOS updates and three failures. I lost everything as the backups were corrupted and wouldn't work after the update.

Never again.

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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

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Hmmmm

Under the plans, Ofcom will ban providers from charging for caller display facilities

Ah well, that'll be another £1.75 on my monthly line rental in one of BT's 4 price increases next year ......

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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So much

For the Apple "it just works"

Everything they sell nowadays is half baked and full of caveats. Twice the price mind you.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

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This is the problem

with Limited Companies.

The law needs to change so they can't just dissolve when it suits them and also the directors should be personally made responsible for CCJs and fines.

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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A bit

Late to the party. this has been going on for years and years.

Unfortunately people buy from these charlatans and get poor and in some case knock off products. And the warranty is useless too.

eBay don't even respond to complaints as long as the money keeps rolling in.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Even Samsung

Are starting to take the piss.

I seem to remember my Galaxy S being less than £400.

It seems every new release they are whacking on £50 to £100 and just remember the 256gb Note 8 will be around the £1000 mark as well.

Seriously, if a badge isn't important you will get an almost as good handset from Huawei/Honor at less than half the price.

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HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

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Re: It's worrying though

OK, Hewlett Packard.

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It's worrying though

Companies like HPE, British Airways, British Telecom etc. used to be the backbone of Britain. Now they are all extremely shit. This country has nothing of value left.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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It amazes me ......

How Microsoft are still in business. Todays example.

I get an email telling me to update Skype or it will stop working.

I go to skype, select upfdate and it fails.

It gives me a link to the Skype web page which doesn't exist.

I go to Google and find the Skype webpage and hit download. It loads a stub which then does nothing for 5 minutes then tells me it can't contact the Skype server to download.

I then have to find the full installer and eventually it installs and works.

There's a prime example of the clusterfuck that Microsoft are. And they don't realise it ..... or care.

P.S. [disclaimer] the only reason I have Skype is so the wife can talk to her parents in Cyprus [/disclaimer]

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Not great ....

I have a 3 year old Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and it has been absolutely faultless. It cost £1200 but has been worth every penny and there really is nothing wrong with the design or performance.

It's a shame with Dell because they screw up on the basics time and time again and never listen to customer feedback.

Same with the XPS 15 which has plenty of room for a "proper" keyboard but they put the one from the 13" in to save a couple of quid

Idiots.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Profits Profits Profits

Reminds me of a company I used to work for in Aberdeen.

Pretty similar if you dug in to the policy. They did ask me to travel but I refused as it would have cost me a fair bit of my own money to bring in work for them.

Seems some companies have lost the human touch.

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Really ....

In 2010 the top of the range handsets were around £400 (iphone 4 & Galaxy S) and an average contract was £25 - £28 pm

In 2017 the equivalent handsets are £850 and contracts are £50 - £55 pm

So the cost has effectively doubled in 7 years however if you use an inflation calculator the £400 should now be around £480.

Greedy manufacturers are to blame, oh and CPW may have changed but a lot of people still remember the good old days.

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Identity fraud in the UK at 'epidemic' levels as cases rise 5% – report

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Hmmmm

Thing is the police aren't interested in this type of crime in the slightest, but if you call someone fat on Twitter they're banging your door down in minutes. Policing priorities are all wrong and so are the penalties. Internet crime has a huge impact on people's lives but the perpetrators seem to get away with it time and time again.

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

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Old Skool

I still have a 1989 Technics separates system running to a 1993 Wharfedale sub and satellites. Sounds like a nightclub and produces "proper" stereo unlike that sonos crap in a corner.

OK, so I have had to run the cabling behind walls and under the floor but the advantage is a better sound and no-one slurping my private data.

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Samsung gains ground on smartphones

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Re: "some 90 MegaPhones in Q4, 2016."

Yes, apart from wireless charging and a slightly better camera, the new Samsung models aren't much better than the note 4. I have two of them and they are one of the best handsets ever made.

Negatives: Edge display (a gimmick that shouldn't be on a supposedly business class device), the stretched screen resolution (what's wrong with 1920x1080?) and no removable battery.

Oh .... and today's extortionate pricing.

No thanks Samsung.

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LG schtum over whether Europeans can get the powerhouse phablet V30

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LG UK

Have the worst customer support on the planet.

Add to that the appalling build quality on some of their recent handsets and this is best avoided like the plague.

Even if it is released in the UK past precedence tells us half the components will be missing anyway.

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Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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No issues here

I'm in in Los Alcázares at the momet. Vodafone 4G is working fine, even using maps on the motorways is no hassle at all. Streaming working fine too.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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If only ....

They stopped pretending to be Apple and demanding their prices. That would be a start.

1 - Bundle at least the keyboard FOC

2 - Make it a realistic and affordable price instead of completely ripping people off for storage and processor upgrades

3 - Put more ports in. Hardly difficult given all the space around the edges

4 - Sort out the sleep issues that have been plaguing the Surface for years.

5 - Stop completely overstating the battery life.

Oh and .....

6 - Stop pretending to be Apple and demanding their prices.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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It's easy .....

All you need to do is install DWS lite and Spybot anti-beacon.

Between the two of them it kills slurp stone dead in Windows 10.

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Profits plunge 40% as BT coughs up £225m to avoid court battle

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BT

They just need to concentrate on giving a good service rather than getting involved in shite.

1 - Don't overpay (and then increase non-related charges) for football rights

2 - Don't play the same game as other broadband providers with stupid deals

3 - Retain current customers instead of hitting them with increases then offering a cheaper introductory offer to steal from another.

Just be a good company and money will come in.

Doubt this will ever happen though.

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

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Yes, my wife has the Sansa Clip+ 8gb and she loves it to death.

I have loaded her Galaxy S7 edge with a 256gb SD card and my entire music collection but it gets ignored and the Sansa is taken everywhere.

There are many far cheaper (and better) alternatives to anything Apple.

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You know what’s not so throttled at O2? UK sales. They're up 2.6%

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Maybe ....

But after this shenanigans with restricting EU data there will be a lot of pissed off customers coming back from their holidays.

Watch this space ......

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Smoking hot Galaxy S8 and storage sales fire Samsung to flaming brilliant quarter

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Super profits ....

But putting up the price of your handsets by £80 to £100 every new release will put customers off.

The original Galaxy S was £400 now we're hitting £900 for the current equivalent.

Ripping punters off does generate money ..... in the short term.

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Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

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Re: *yawn*

Yes, but I complained to Offcom about the throttling and they said it wasn't an issue and feel at home wasn't to be taken oterally.

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No, you just contact CS and they upgrade your current one. Nothing new required.

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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As poor as Vodafone are

In the UK, their roaming has been excellent. since I left Three (for traffic shaping) Vodafone have been excellent in France, Spain and Italy.

I'm going to Spain again in a couple of weeks so it will be interesting to see if there have been any changes.

Ironically Three used to throttle their data on feel at home but apparently now it's better.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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As usual .....

MS change soomething ..... public outcry ...... MS reverse their decision.

Both the UK government and M$ seem to operate the same way. Utterly clueless and totally out of touch with the people.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Re: Note 4

Exactly. I have two of them (one in use and a nearly new spare)

Apart from a slightly better camera and wireless charging, there is nothing actually *that* better with the newer models. Taking away the capacitive buttons that have been there since the Galaxy S is a stupid move, but of course Samsung just copy Apple these days.

Oh, and the Note 4 has a removable battery. Yipeee!

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Re: Don't worry

The Galaxy Tab S3 is £600 which is more expensive than the equivalent ipad. Samsung are getting stupid with their pricing because they think they are Apple and they also think they are invincible and people love them.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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I'm sure

HM Gov will make a bollocks of this like they do with anything else.

It will just mean that criminals will steal drones for prison drops that are registered to someone else.

Sledgehammer to crack a walnut as usual.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Stereotypes

This is everywhere.

Happy ad (McDonalds, fruit juice, cereal bars etc.) = Sun shining and footage completely over saturated

Sad ad (Funeral plans, Cancer charities) = Cold, dark and raining.

Add to that any kids ad pretty much has the black, Chinese and Indian/Pakistani ones first then a normal white UK kid somewhere further down the ad.

I'm sick of it but nothing will change IMO

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Still no.

The form factor is horrible, especially without the expensive keyboard

The device itself is far too expensive

Microsoft can't even get their own hardware to work properly with their own OS

Data slurping .......

Greatly overestimated battery life

I would probably buy it if it was the last PC on earth, but there are far better solutions out there.

It's still better than anything Apple sell though :)

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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Oh dear

Can they not stall it for good?

Having even more slurp on a handset is hardly appealing, is it?

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Thank god

They don't procure from Maplins

GB PLC would be completely bust in a week.

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

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Just like in business .....

Rebranding is a way of covering up a bad past and hoping punters think you are a new company

DHL > Home Delivery Network > Yodel

Currys > Dixons > Currys Digital > PC World > Dixons Travel > Whatever ......

Travel and holiday companies do it too.

Maybe WH Shit, Boots and Marks & Spencer and "British" Airways should try it as well.

Lipstick on a pig. Simple as that.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Yes

I have Wharfedale satellite sub systems from the early 90s and Wharfedale still have the cones in stock. Coupled with JVC or Technics amps from 1989 / 1990 and it's the best sound system ever.

Far better than that expensive Sonos pish.

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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Although

The original iphone was crap .....

S60 was out of date and no touchscreen variants at that time

S40 was out of date and also no use for smartphones

S80 was perfect for this sort of thing (Nokia communicator) but got left to die due to lack of development and the high price of the communicator series, which were always way out of spec by the time they hit the shelves.

Symbian UIQ2 was very good but got quickly buried for UIQ3 which was terrible and slow due to lack of RAM on the handsets.

Windows mobile 5/6 was windows mobile. Nuff said.

It's not that Apple did anything brilliant (apart from the intuitive UI which won customers over).... it's just that everything else was pretty much shit. The app store again helped as Nokia Ovi charging $30 for apps was never going to be a winner.

In celebration I dug out my N95 8gb today, beautiful phone and great sound, but it's still bloody awful to use.

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Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

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NowTV

Just had a real bad experience with NowTV.

When my first 3 month free pass ran out I paid for one month at £6.99 then bought a box with a 6 month pass. I logged it in the site and got a renewal date in August which was fine. I have now noticed my card has been charged £6.99 every month and all records of the pass have disappeared.

I contacted CS with the proof of purchase and the box serial number but was told a manager would get back to me by email. That was 9 days ago and I'm still waiting. Every time I contact live chat I'm told I will get a response within 24 hours and it never happens. Dealing with Indian online support is about as much fun as dipping your testicles in a bucket of sulphuric acid.

This is a ridiculous situation, and you can't complain as the agent won't escalate to a manager. The first agent today cut me off after 20 minutes of chat so I had to go through it all over again to be told exactly the same thing.

I know it doesn't matter to those in charge as they are hidden away, but treating customers like this is embarrassing at best. Companies like this should go to the wall, not get stronger. Bastards!

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Re: Apple

No touchscreen

No foldable tablet mode

No replaceable HDD

No upgradeable RAM

Shallow keyboard that is impossible to actually type on

Last year's memory and processor to make Apple even more margin

Stupid touch bar that adds no value whatsoever (except to the price)

You get the idea .....

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Apple

Apart from the iphone Apple are very much yesterdays news.

Their tablets are failing, laptops are expensive and mid-spec at best and there's been nothing innovative from them for years.

They're just a one trick pony now and when the isheep wise up and realise how poor and expensive the iphone is they will be doomed.

Can't wait for the day. Good riddance. Their wanky hipster patronising staff will have to get new jobs at Starbucks.

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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

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Hmmmm

Although they were quite expensive the customer service was pretty good in the experience I had with them.

Just Clove left now then .......

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TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

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Oh wow ....

At last a reason to sign up with Talk Talk. Keeping my wife off Amazon would be fantastic.

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Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

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Feel at home

All that traffic is routed back to a single point the UK then throttled to death, even more so for streaming services and Google maps which are totally unusable abroad.

Nothing new for Three.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Don't believe that .....

All Maplins stock is at least three years out of date and three times the price. Not a chance.

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Yada yada

Same old same old. Sorta pointless rapping them on the knuckles once all the stock has been sold.

It'll happen again and again and again.

Remember folks, just like DFS sofas 50% off an artificially high starting price is not a saving in the slightest. Until retailers are stopped from increasing the base price then giving a discount to the "normal" selling price then nothing will change.

Mind you, Debenhams have been caught out by this as no-one shops there at full price anymore, they just wait for a blue cross day and buy it then.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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BA

Would never fly with them. Toxic company who rip off the British public then send the profits offshore. UK Gov should do something about this but won't as big business dictates the law.

Some day stock market companies like this will put the customer first before profits but it's gonna take something really bad to make this happen. BA came close recently.

I treat them with the same contempt as Marks & Spencer, WH Shit and Boots of Nottingham (Monaco)

Bastards the lot of them.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Sign of a mature market?

My 2009 Mac Pro has Windows 7 ultimate running on it and it's sweet as a nut.

I removed the Apple HDD completely and it only now has a SSD with Windows on it.

That was really the end of excellent Apple hardware. It all turned to shit after that.

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Re: Sign of a mature market?

Sign of Apple giving customers as little as possible for as much money as they can get.

Apple are a greedy corporation that focus only on margins and profit. The customers are just an inconvenience to them.

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Vodafone to block its ads from appearing next to 'fake news'

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Ha ha

Advertising billboards showing 4G in an area where you only get GPRS could be considered fake news.

Are you listening Vodafone?

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