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Google Nexus 7 shipping cock-up enrages fandroids


Pre ordered on the 28th of June!


Pre ordered on the 18th of June. The paperweight arrives on the 18th of July. Finally receive return/replacement details today, and now the Play Store is showing the 16GB version as coming soon with now shipping estimate.

I'll probably wait a week for a replacement, then ask for a refund. In a month or two they'll probably be piled high in Tesco, or something better will come along.

Reborn UK internet super-snooper charter to be unveiled today


Re: Filthy, lying, cheating....

Time to make manifestos legally binding.

Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones


Greedy dishonest people....

.... the "victims", I'm glad they've lost their money! Trying to get a bargain at the misery of someone else.

I can't believe anyone, in this day and age, doesn't know that if someone approaches you out of the blue, offering to sell electrical goods, it's guaranteed not to be kosher. It was even in a car park ffs.

Kiwi ISP offers geo-block workaround


Ignoring VPNs & proxies .......

With the case of the landlady showing football using a foreign decoder, and the ECJ upholding the freedom to provide services, I've always wondered why I can't subscribe to a Spanish ISP, for example. Would be great if the UK snoop law goes ahead.

Mobile banking security bypassed in fiendish malware blag


Re: In what country...

The UK! When my wife's bag was stolen (including mobile phone), all she did was telephone the local police station, tell them her name, where her bag was stolen from, and what was inside the bag, and they gave her a crime reference number there and then, over the phone.

Rang the telco with crime reference number and a new phone was dispatched there and then.

Spotify adds 'temporary' private listening mode after Facebook backlash


But Ek is convinced that Spotify's userbase is "social"

Nonsense. I cancelled my premium subscription and haven't logged in to my free account at all this year, as I was fed up with their constant push towards all the web2.0 bullshit and ignoring some core music player functions.

If they were to release a streaming only client, I might reconsider, but after all this facebook nonsense, it looks like I will continue to enjoy being £10/month better off.

Spotify trumpets move to US (and little else)



I gave up on Spotify after 18 months of premium. Too many tracks randomly pulled from my playlists, too much concentration on all the twatbook integration, and the realisation that I'd spent £180 with nothing to show for it!

Spotify's music manager makeover - does it work?


I wish they'd just release a streaming only version!

I'm a premium user as I like to have it on my Android phone, but I'm fed up of all this facetwit guff integration and the vomit of "Buy it" buttons next to all the tracks (which I count as advertising, which I have paid to remove!). All this local playback support annoys me too, there's no way to remove it on Android, so you get all the silly mp3 notifications from different apps, randomly appearing in playlists.

I've been tempted to cancel for a while now, this might push me over the edge.

HTC Desire S Android smartphone


Double tap zoom with text column

Errr, the stock android browser on my original desire has done this on 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 android versions. I have a vague recollection that my old G1 also did this on 1.6.

T-Mobile backtracks on retrospective mobe data caps


Will let my contract run

"Following a further review of our policy" my arse! "After consulting our lawyers" more like.

For a communications company, T-Mobile have an appalling record of communicating changes to their customers.

I was never told of the 83% cut in my allowance, I found out whilst reading El Reg. Even the date-stamped post on their forum says "As of yesterday, we started notifying customers", which is well into the legal 30 day notification period.

I'm out of contract in May, but I'll just leave the contract run and go for sim free phones, to keep the allowance. Just like I did with the old Everyday 50 on Orange. If you moan enough, and are out of contract, T-Mobile will always offer you a no commitment £10/month reduction loyalty bonus.

Facebook introduces one-time passwords


The cynic in me

thinks that this is just a ploy to gather more telephone numbers to calculate connections between random people.

Everything Everywhere consummates merger


Running ok here

I signed up, and am enjoying reception in places which I previously didn't have. Strangely, this seems to be inside buildings, as I thought Orange had the poorest building penetration due to their power and frequencies.

It's slightly annoying on Android. You can't seem to favourite more than one network Instead of just roaming freely, when you loose reception, you get offered a list of all available networks and have to click on the one you want. Once back in T-Mobile reception, you have to do a manual scan and reconnect to T-Mobile to get 3G/H back.

Will be interesting how things pan out, as I left Orange for T-Mobile, due to Orange's appalling data tariffs and the lack of Customer Services. Saying that though, T-Mobile has been steadily getting worse over the last year or so.

Vodafone pulls 360 trick on Froyo hungry users


Have TMobile pulled the update?

I know that updates take time to hit everybody's phone, but yesterday morning I had two alerts offering the update. Due to various reasons, I had to cancel both offers. As of 1100 yesterday, I've had nothing, and a manual check says my 2.1 desire is up to date.

It really annoys me when the operators mess around with the updates. If they insist on forcing bookmarks and apps down our throats, then knock off a nought from the large upfront cost of these handsets.

I nearly went sim free for the first time with the desire, I am regretting it now.

T-Mobile UK pushes German Froyo to Desire users


These are the German apps ...

apparently .... still waiting to be offered the update again.


Mobilbox pro




Download Navigon

Facebook Places checks in to UK


In true Facebook style, it's buried deep in the settings

After a quick look, I think it's

- Account > Privacy Settings

- Click customised settings.

- Change "Place I check into" to Custom (only me)

- Untick "Include me in "People here now" after I check in"

- "Friends can check me in to places" > Edit Settings > Disabled

TomTom Start2 satnav


Removed third party POI support

I've also read somewhere that these new TomTom's no longer support third party POIs. So if you want speed camera alerts, etc.. you are stuck with using their offerings.

Freebie Spotify is back, also £5 no-ads option



Correct. Also, if you make the second payment, you'll get 2 invites. I too have tons of invites, can't even get rid of them on the works intranet.

Anybody else hate the new client with all it's horrible facebook integration? I haven't got a facebook account, and I open spotify to listen to music, not check up on my friends listening habits!

Heathrow security man cops perv scanner eyeful



She should be sacked and charged with wasting police time. We all know that these scanners are not a privacy concern and the photos produced are not indecent.

BAA poo-poos Bollywood star's pervscan printout put-on


This can't be true

Even though any bad publicity against these vile perv scanners is a good thing, surely they don't scan you after a flight, or have I missed something?

Full-body scanner blind to bomb parts


English speaker appearing to be pro scanner.

Of course he's pro scanner. It's David Haskett, manager of ThruVision.

Naked scans: Net cries nude-o-geddon


I don't understand

If these scanners produce indecent images of under 18's, then the produce indecent images of everyone. If by not scanning 17year 364day olds and younger, the government are admitting there's a privacy issue.

Hacker pilfers browser GPS location via router attack


Here's a title


I know this because I have an Android phone, and when using WiFi location before enabling GPS, it used the nearest cell station, now it puts the pinpoint on my house, with roughly a 100m "accuracy".


Exactly the same here. There's also different companies offering location based services using wifi, eg Navizon.

Watchdog files complaint over Facebook 'privacy' settings


The old settings were better

... as you could remove the add as friend button. My account was locked down tightly and only shared my info to about 30 people in a certain circle of friends.

Since the new changes, I've been bombarded with friend requests from people I know and like, but I've ignored as they're not in the correct group of drinking mates.

I just wish the block by email feature excepted wild cards!

Dongles pricey and pointless, says Bluetooth SIG


Tethering ok on T Mob

According to this post......


Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version


Another vote for comments

I too would like to be able to read comments on the mobile site.

Free download turns BlackBerry into remote bugging device


It's much simpler

You don't install anything on a victims phone. You install it on your own phone and leave it in a room that you want to bug.

What's so special about this? Surely every phone with a silent mode and auto-answer can do exactly the same thing?

PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion



Save even more money by declining the windows 7 EULA and get a refund on the OS portion of the cost?

Wales adopts mobile average speed cameras


We've all ready got them.

I'm confused. The article suggests they are coming to Wales, yet the Cardiff to Newport stretch of the M4 has been reduced to 50 and littered with cameras on yellow poles.

Facebook enables apps to peek at mail


Gmail scans ...

I've never understood the fuss about Google scanning mail to target adverts. Don't all spam filters do exaclty the same thing?

T-Mobile picks Orange for merger


Wonder how it'll affect mobile internet

I left Orange a couple of years ago for T-Mobile due to mobile internet. Both "unlimited" internet.

Orange £8/month - 30Mb fair usage policy

T-Mobile £7.50/month - 1Gb fair usage policy

Google makes breaking up with Hotmail, Yahoo! easy to do


@Goat Jam

If you do that, you still get this as the from field:

myemail@googlemail.co.uk sent on behalf of myemail@mydomain.tld