* Posts by djstardust

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Hmmmm

I went for the Note 8 instead and it's simply excellent. Had the Note 4 previously (and thought about the X) and the current Note is a big step up. Only two small issues ... the location of the fingerprint scanner and the headphone audio volume and quality isn't the best out there .... but otherways it's a superb handset.

As far as price goes, I got the Note 8 with my 25% discount through Vodafone. They wouldn't honour discounts on the iphone 8 or X and there's no way I would shell out £60 per month plus for the extra storage when I already have a 256gb card anyway.

I know four people with the X. Two of them are bling merchants and the other two are extreme Apple fanboys. As the article says this is not a phone for "normal" people.

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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Hmmm

Frying pan > Fire

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Re: RE: AC

Tombstone

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Tata for now: Marks & Sparks transfers 250 tech jobs to outsourcer

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Nothing works at M&S

In our local branch (Aberdeen) all the auto tills at the sandwich area have been out of order for ages. Some got fixed but they don't have the staff to man them.

That means for a quick sandwich you need to go to the other side of the store and wait in a massive queue to pay at staffed tills, which are also understaffed.

Funny how there are loads of "clipboards in suits" walking around but no staff to , you know, take money from customers.

M&S lost it a long time ago. Another one on my bankruptcy list.

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Hmmmm

Oli has been instrumental in the repositioning of Maplin as a differentiated technology retailer and the board and I would like to express our sincere thanks for his leadership

Or as customer see it ......

Oli has forced the business towards bankruptcy by charging obscenely high prices for cables and by filling the shelves with smart home guff and cheap Chinese crap nobody wants.

FTFY

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: The pen isn't included

When I bought my Vaio U70 (which was about £800 imported) in 2006, it came with:

Docking station

Foldable keyboard

3 Stylusus (Styli, whatever)

LAN Dongle

VGA monoitor dongle

Backlit LED remote control and headphones

Spare nibs for the scroll button

But times have moved on, companies have become greedy and that maybe explains why you can't get a VAIO any more .......

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I'm sure they do ....

But it still doesn't justify Microsoft's "Apple" pricing on this model.

The 256gb model at £1999 is still at least £500 more than it should be.

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Surveillance law slip-up in sight for staff stalking citizens on socials

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Saying that .....

If it heps identify dole scroungers on disability benefit who go snowboarding whilst being unable to walk then I'm all for it.

If these people are stupid enough to post their antics publicly then they get what's coming to them.

P.S. The clue in in the name ..... "social" networking.

I know in the past that councils and DHSS have spied on people physically before, this just makes their work easier.

There are many out there who try to pull a fast one for their own benefit whilst others lose out. Anything that can be done to clamp down on this is welcome.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

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Hmmmm

They would do well to spend more time protecting their own computers first before worrying about the ones belonging to their customers.

As much use as a chocolate Dido.

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Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

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Worst company ever

Ordered an S7 edge for my son on Black Saturday. It was in stock online for delivery to the local store on Monday. All good.

Then gets email that the phone was out of stock and they didn't know when they would get it back in again, but don't worry, no money has been taken from your account. I cancelled the order then 2 hours later money missing from bank account.

Took 8 phone calls to India (very frustrating) and a week to get my money back for something they never even had in the first place.

Either their online inventory system is a pile of shite or they are just trying to get money under false pretenses, but I won't be darkening their doorstep again.

Good riddance to a bad company. DSG need to learn how to treat customers properly.

P.S. If they think the iphone X will save them then they are obviously more stupid than I thought. No chance.

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Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

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It's over guys.

Facebook has turned in to a mess.

Too many obtrusive ads

Too many like and share competitions they do nothing about

Too many scams

Too much fake news they also do nothing about

Too many attention seeking individuals who need to see a shrink

The amount of postings from my "friends" has reduced drastically lately and it seems to be a widespread issue. Instead of FB just being friends reunited on steroids it has turned in to a bad social experiment and people are getting sick of it.

Quicker it fades in to obscurity the better for everyone.

Too little too late.

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Ah well

Will probably be the end of it for us non Apple types. Pretty much guaranteed it will point straight to itunes or Apple Music and I don't have either of them on any of my devices.

To be fair I probably use it a couple of times a month to identify a track I had forgotten the name of.

They probably see it making money going forward but I'm not so sure .......

On the upside at least it wasn't bought my M$ who have a track record of buying up decent companies then killing them.

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UK.gov failing to prevent £10bn of annual online fraud, say MPs

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Amber Fucking Rudd

Yet again.

That woman is an imbecile ..... in fact the whole cabinet seem to be.

This country will implode soon if nothing changes.

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Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps

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I tend to stick

To the local companies with an older fleet of cars. Better personal service, no hidden charges and no two hour wait at the airport to get the car.

Above that, the big companies seem to have a massive scam going where they bill your credit card a couple of hundred pounds for "dents" after the car is returned with no such damage.

I would never connect my personal devices to something like that anyway.

It's a bit like plugging your phone in so you can print one photo at Asda and the machine caches every single photo on the entire device.

No thanks.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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Close but no cigar .....

No wireless charging (very handy during the day)

No SD slot

No headphone jack

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From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again

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Just why ......

Really ......

Commercial suicide.

Only a handful of people wanted WM even when the big boys were behind it.

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Ofcom just told BT to up its game on fibre investment

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Oh no .... not again .....

BT know OFFCOM are useless and have absolutely no power.

BT know the government minister in charge of the communication remit is usually someone from outwith the industry with no clue whatsoever that lasts six months.

BT know they can put up their prices every nine months (to pay for football very few people want) with no consequence as they have done for the past three years.

BT treat the entire country as mugs whilst "protecting their shareholder interest", and until someone somewhere grows a set of balls and puts them in their place nothing will change.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Typical large company

People at the top milking it off and the other 99% of employees treated like shit.

Something has to change and soon.

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As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

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Joke

Mistakes happen

If they put their prices up a bit they may be able to afford a competent in-house OS testing team

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Re: Yet Again Fail

Do you also walk into a car dealerships to buy a new set of tyres?

Some people do, but they're also the owners of the iphone.

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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What do you expect?

When Apple sold "niche" products they were high quality, beautiful and the OOBE was fantastic.

Now they are just another high volume tech company like M$ who chase the dollar and don't give a shit about the consumer.

Thing is that mugs keep going back for more. One of my mates had an iphone 6 and the motherboard died. It was out of the one year warranty and he didn't pay more for Apple care so they hit him £300 for a new board. He swore he would never ever darken their doorstep ever again ..... and now he's on Facebook asking mates whether he should get the 8 plus or the X.

As long as people keep on drinking the Apple juice nothing will change.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Re: Note 3...

Exactly. I'm a Note 4 user and I have a new spare one in the cupboard just in case!

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Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

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Meanwhile .....

BT put up broadband by £2.50 per month in January, after sending a previous email saying our speed increase was in fact free of charge (previous increases Apr 17, Jul 16, Sep 15)

BT Profits increase year on year again (although this year may be screwed because of the accounting scandal)

OFFCOM empoyees sit and do nothing (apart from laugh at us because they are on 100K+ a year) despite being in place to regulate the industry and protect the consumer.

Thing is that BT management know the UK Government have no long term strategy (as ministers don't stay in the job that long) and play them for fools.

This is one fucked up country.

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Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

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RBS?

Always thought thought that for Rubbish Bank of Shiters.

They reduced our local branch to 3 half days a week so we moved our business accounts away from them.

Maybe an alien thought for those in power but cost cutting does lose clients.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Why oh why

Why do Apple do this to themselves.

No-one had issue with the fingerprint scanner or a passcode.

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Augmented reality: Like it or not, only Apple's ready for the data-vomit gush

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Whatever ....

Can we just get a phone that works and has a battery that lasts more than ten minutes please?

I took a power bank with me on a stag weekend which I'm just back from, just in case I needed it for my Note 4, which I didn't. Seven out of the ten people on the trip were iphone users, and all their phones were dead by 8pm apart from one.

All this AR crap will just eat more battery whilst providing nothing for the average phone user.

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Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

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Re: "must not use the ad again"

Come on guys .... these quangos purely exist to keep the gravy train going full speed with lots of 100k plus directors or whatever.

They serve no meaningful purpose whatsoever. end of.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Ah well

I gave them one more chance and they've blown it.

They used the same excuses about better CS last time, but last week I called eight times and got India every single time.

Vodafone here I come. Screw you BT.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Demo models of Samsung phones

Have real bad burn-in

Just go to a Vodafone store and look at the S8 or S8 plus, it's horrendous. But they are on 24/7 with a red screen permanently in place.

My Note 4 I have had since it came out has no burn in whatsoever, but I'm not so sure about the newer models as they seem more prone to it?

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Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

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Re: Poor build quality to blame ?

Exactly. We bought two Fitbit Charge 2 trackers in January and both the straps and entire devices have already been replaced.

The build quality is shockingly bad so this isn't a surprise at all.

Their support is poor, the app erratic at best so can't see them surviving in the longer term.

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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Facebook is finished

I have seen less and less feeds from friends lately. Seems many are walking away. Facebook now generally consists of:

Football memes

Cat videos

What the neighbour had for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner.

People with a political point to prove

Click and win competitions with no prize

Who will be your celebrity lover and other assorted fake crap

People with insecurity or an attention seeking disorder.

Remember Bebo, Myspace, Friends Reunited?

Facebook will be next. Being big doesn't make you immune from failure. Watch Ryanair slowly go down the pan as well.

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Crisis? What crisis? Samsung is raking in $109m profit a day

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So in essence

The Note 8 costs £150 to make and sells for £869. Nice work boys!

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Just like Apple

They think they can get away with selling mid range crap at an exorbitant price.

No luck.

Add to that the 2XL being made by LG with their terrible quality and it's not looking good.

Wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.

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Smart? Don't ThinQ so! Hacked robo-vacuum could spy on your home

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LG

Are a fucking disaster.

Their phones are poor quality and they try any excuse not to honour the warranty, even down to if you're not the first owner the warranty is completely void.

Their washing machines are crap, they go out of balance constantly and won't spin, but that's my fault for not loading it properly. the smart diagnosis doesn't work over the phone and the Android app doesn't even start.

Utter shambles of a company. Best avoided at all costs.

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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

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Don't worry ....

There will be another price rise on the way soon. Not been one for a couple of months.

Why can't telecoms providers just be nice and fair instead of cutting each other up with deals for new customers and price increases for the loyal ones?

When the last price rise was announced I called them up and they refused to do anything about it or even price match a competitor. One week later they were on the telly offering new customers a better deal but were willing to lose an existing one. That plainly doesn't make sense.

So much for BT moving Customer Service back to the UK .... I called last week 8 times randomly and got connected to India each time. I smell bullshit.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Screw that .....

Unless all drivers are criminal record checked as a minimum. Can't see that happening as courier driving seems to be a popular pastime for criminals getting back to work.

Whoever thinks up this utter shit would fit in better at Microsoft ........

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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They do but very specifically.

I went in to get something that was £80 online at another major retailer (£100 at Maplins) and they said that because the other retailer wasn't within 5 miles of the store they could only take a fiver off.

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Re: You cant have it both ways

I agree, but Maplin just take the piss with their pricing.

Although I agree there's a "premium" to be added for having retail units, staff etc. Maplin pricing is ridiculous for just about everything. Most of the stuff they sell isn't even current lines (perhaps a couple of years old and superseded) and they still try to sell it for more than the current version.

Add to that the fact they charge £15 plus for a cable I can order from eBay for £1 with free postage and next day delivery then it's no surprise they are going down the shitter.

I go in to our local store maybe once a month, laugh out loud at the prices then order anything I fancy online when I get home.

If they added a small extra then it wouldn't matter, but the fact they charge so much for utter junk will ultimately seal their fate.

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He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts

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Re: Oh dear .....

We're sort of lucky with BT. We had our 52mb updated to 76mb automatically and we're getting around 70mb constantly.

BT are a truly horrible company to deal with but the broadband does work.

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Oh dear .....

That will be Virgin completely screwed then.

The irony of using Bolt to advertise their broadband just kills me!

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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Well yeah ....

The Huawei/Honor phones are decent tech and good value for money.

The only special thing about Apple phones is the ecosystem (to some) and the badge.

I'm amazed that people know how much mark up is on an Apple device then still gladly hand over their money. Samsung and Google are playing that game now and it isn't going to end well for them.

I have had Samsung devices since the Omnia HD in 2009, including Galaxy S, S2, S3, Note 2, S7 edge and now Note 4. The price of the latest models is shocking for no justifiable reason so my next handset will be Honor. Nothing special about the Samsung phones for almost twice the price. Also the position of the fingerprint scanner on the 8 series models is insane and renders it unusable.

I really hope others see this as well. we're being taken for mugs.

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda?

To be fair if it was running Vista or ME you would just walk away .........

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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

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Re: Pot... Kettle ... Black... hmmm I know there's a sentence in there somewhere...

A bit like the situation with Apple & Imagination. Bastards!

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Mac High Sierra hijinks continue: Nasty apps can pull your passwords

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Re: At least it takes some effort to install such apps..

My 2009 Mac Pro has had Windows 7 ultimate on it for years and it's flawless.

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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

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This is great.....

I can now tell Scotrail, Ryanair, M&S & WH Smith why I dislike them so much in finer detail.

Thank you Twitter.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Well....

Judging by todays news of another 400,000 cancelled flights I would doubt ryanair will still exist in a year let alone ten!

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HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

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Bill Gates

Has moved to Android

Nuff said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41399823

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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Someome needs to tell

Their aggressive chuggers then.

They tell everyone it's the best thing since sliced bread and the service is wonderful.

Of course, the chuggers are "offshored" to other companies and don't even work for Talk Talk.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Hashtag

Fail

Or a deliberate attempt to lock out the competition?

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Just proves the point

That Apple are losing it.

Their products are a botch up these days with cheap components and restricted ports to cut manufacturing costs and increase margin.

iOS 11 seems a bit of a mess and don't even get me started on the animated emoji stuff.

Soon only under 8's, pensioners and idiots will buy their overpriced tat .... and that will be the beginning of the end.

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