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Comment Prepaid service is not the same! (Score 1) 100

Don't even think that you are getting the same quality of service with prepaid (MVNO) operators Large carriers have roaming agreement with each other and independent tower operators. With MVNOs you are getting only the basic service from the core network. My wife uses a PagePlus phone- it can't compare in coverage with a proper Verizon postpaid phone.

Comment On the same page (Score 1) 59

On the left side I read " Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker." On the right side under "The Register": "Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now ", On the right side under "Beta News": "Xiaomi is the third-largest smartphone maker"

Comment about helmets (Score 1) 947

Bike helmet is not terribly effective. Large study of motorcycle accidents showed that the majority of damages were to the areas not covered by bicycle helmets. My personal experience confirms it. Search google images for "hurt report helmet", there is a nice illustration. I never ride my motorcycle without a full face helmet. On a bicycle I don't bother.
Android

Submission + - An iPhone user shows how to switch to Android (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "In the last year, Android smartphones have significantly improved, while the iPhone's improvements have gotten incremental. So iPhone users may now seriously consider getting an Android device. This how-to shows how someone in the Apple ecosystem — Macs, iPads, Apple TV, etc. — can bring an Android smartphone into the mix. Surprisingly, it turns out that Android can work with much of the Apple ecosystem, such as iCloud, with a few apps and a little savvy."
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 8 Updated Ahead of Official Release (pctechtalk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has issued an update for Windows 8 ahead of it's official release date of October 26th. The patch includes a number of enhancements which the company says would normally only be made available via a service pack.

  The tech giant announced the update yesterday and said the enhancements cover "performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility". Audio and video playback and driver and application support are also said to have been improved.

If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer then the update is available now via Windows Update. The update will also be included in all OEM products from launch date on October 26th.

The update is also available for Windows Server 2012. Full details can be found here.

Science

Submission + - The LED is 50 years old (bbc.co.uk)

BoxRec writes: "The light-emitting diode has brightened our lives for half a century — from lighting up the city streets at night, to decorating Christmas trees each December.
The LED started life in October 1962, as a single red illumination in a General Electric research lab in New York state.
Prof Nick Holonyak Jr from the University of Illinois, takes a look back at how it all began with his invention of the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode."

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