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Are you having problems connecting BBC iPlayer with your Chromecast? Look at:
http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/chromecast_icon_android (This link helps, after a restart, clearing cache, checking permissions etc. Its a techy fix).
I have both the new and original Chromecasts. Also at least 4 Android divices to experiment with. Some running old versions of the App work perfectly; but the last 3 updates on Android 5 or 6 are VERY tricky to connect.
***Updated 8 July 2016*** We're aware of reports that the Chromecast Icon isn't always available on some Android devices. The issue seems to have become...
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Had the same problem, if you turn off WiFi on your phone then turn it back on the chromecast icon should appear. It's working fine for me, hopefully they fix it soon. 
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Google cast + BBC iPlayer seem unable to connect on Samsung Tab S2 8.0 - NO ICON IN THE APP!
However iPlayer radio still connects perfectly on same hardware combination.

Removed & reinstalled both Google Cast and BBC iPlayer - NOTHING.
Factory reset Chromecast dongle itself - Nothing
Same hardware combination works on Samsung Note 3. Same G-cast firmware & App - NOTHING.

I think this is a BBC issue, since it consistently fails with one device, despite all other changes.

Any ideas?
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+Mark Aspden Mine did work, but an update seemed to kill it. Very briefly this morning the Cast icon appeared in the iPlayer App. Then vanished again. All other Apps with that option are fine. It's annoying.
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iPhones 'disabled' if Apple detects third-party repairs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35502030

Take a good look at your contract before you buy an iPhone. You will NEVER really own it - or anything stored in it. They do. It's like dealing with North Korea. Never buy an iOS product.
The latest software update for iPhone 6 handsets is allegedly rendering the devices useless if it detects repairs not carried out by Apple.
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Microsoft reportedly acquiring SwiftKey for $250 million http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-reportedly-acquiring-swiftkey-250-million

I wonder what this means for Android and IOS versions of the keyboard App? 
According to a new report, Microsoft is planning to acquire SwiftKey, the company behind the popular predictive keyboard of the same name, for $250 million.
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good try Microsoft, you are not going to save your crappy phones with this
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For about a week the My Vodafone app has been unable to update data use. So I called customer services, but THEY can't get the information themselves today. I wonder if they have a real problem?
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+Philip Wright I really doubt it. Unfortunately I live in a total blank spot for 3.
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Malware hits millions of Android phones - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36744925

Just want to clarify the real vulnerability in this. Presumably most un-rooted phones with 5.0 or 6.0 should be reasonably safe. Or should we start the bug hunt?
Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers.
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Every article like this one is just click bait to me. 
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I've been thinking about backing up my 64Gb Micro SD card (in the Note 3) & reformatting it. Its been in continuous use for over 3 years. Even theoreticaly, should that help? Do they ware out?

I should probably factory reset the phone as well and not just restore. Even the cobwebs have a pension. Steve L did once recommend annual spring cleaning.


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That is the case, don't know if it still is with the latest file systems. 

Should mention that any microsd under 32GB is running a window fs called fat. The card is much faster though. 
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Error 53 is killing iPhones repaired by non Apple engineers. Reported in the Guardian, BBC etc

I always thought iPhone owners are just renting them. Apple ALWAYS retain final ownership. Tonight it seems I was right. This Apple move should be illegal - but either way - stop buying iPhones right now!

It's like dealing with North Korea.

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+Leon Buxton Oops, HUKD isn't a place for considered thought ;-)
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Currys PC World offers up open-box Lumia 950 and 950 XL for £319 http://www.windowscentral.com/currys-pc-world-offers-open-box-lumia-950-and-950-xl-319
Currys PC World is currently offering a solid deal on open-box Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones through its Ebay store, with each coming in at £319.
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Still too much 😉
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Flood plain planning

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floodplain

I remember studying this phenomenon in geography. An evolving floodplain is a natural thing. Over time, it manages itself in many subtle ways. It also leads to thriving natural ecosystems; which evolve to benefit more from this natural process.

Drastic sudden flooding events, like Cumbria, are mainly the result of human intervention in the landscape. OUR (and by "our" I really mean all of us) decision to build extensively in areas that can flood naturally - or will flood NOW as the result of myopic water management engineering; or EU subsidised uneconomic farming practices.
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Farming is an industry. I think we forget that. Treating it as some kind of landscape based "self improving" entertainment project.

If people built a factory, that caused catastrophic local events; leading to the factory falling down and killing the workers. Would we subsidise the industry, rebuild the factory and compensate the owners for thier losses? I think not.

Perhaps "industry" lacks the romantic credentials. People don't write poems about it, or paint the factory equivalent of "The Heywane" featuring a toxic dump.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hay_Wain
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However: Farmers are running a business. They have no such illusions.

Upstream dredging (recently deregulated BTW) - Which naturally leads to drastic flooding events downstream.

Clearance of the ridgelines - Which massively accelerates the release of floodwater; whenever we get heavy rainfall events.

The destruction of evolved natural ecosystems; just to free up more farming land - Natural wetlands capture heavy rainfall; and slowly release it. They thrive on flooding events!

Expanding the use of uneconomic crops - Just to get the bigger EU farming subsidies. Which WE ALL PAY FOR through higher income taxes.

THE ABOVE - Are directly causing the "sudden flooding" events reported in Cumbria. But I don't see anyone blaming the farming industry.

Naturally - we should stop building on floodplains. Stop contributing so much to global warming. But also stop dredging out natural rivers, which destroys natural floodplanes.

Stop greedy farmers filling in the flood plain profile, to release more farming land. Turning meandering rivers into fast moving killers.

Stop the destruction of natural ridge lines and wetland ecosystems. Because that turns heavy rainfall - into the flooding disasters we have seen so often over the past twenty years.

Anyone with an O' Level Geography or Geology. Anyone who studied basic Soil mechanics as part of a degree, HND or OND (which is a huge number of people) should know most of this.

The real problem is that a decision to stop the bad practices above would harm profits for a few VERY rich farmers.

That's why it gets blocked and reports highlighting the problem get condemned and pulped. Conservative MPs represent many of these areas. Some are landowners themselves - thus often a very active part of the problem.

The events we see are often the result of bad policy and hugely expensive publicly funded engineering projects. Usually paid for by voters living in the flooded areas, drowning in ignorence. Perhaps they simply don't realise what they voted FOR and supported over the last half century.

Prepare your sandbags and dingy now.

Also see. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/07/hide-evidence-storm-desmond-floods-paris-talks
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We have a problem, its really worldwide, but let's start here.
Far too often nasty idiotic kids, or adults, treat animals like this. Partly because it is almost risk free and hard to prove or police.

Help change that. Sign this partition to encourage government action.

Thanks Paul

This petition is for Chunky the Chihuahua who was attacked for hours in one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse seen by the RSPCA. Myself an animal lover found this story highly upsetting and I decided that chunky needed justice. What I'm asking for is signatures for Chunky who was over a period of hours was beaten, drugged, his neck was broken, he was started on fire and finally dumped and left for dead. However chunky survived and defi...
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This is a key issue. If people can treat animals like this with little or zero risk yo thier ow future, the sometimes do it just for fun.
Help change that.
This petition is for Chunky the Chihuahua who was attacked for hours in one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse seen by the RSPCA. Myself an animal lover found this story highly upsetting and I decided that chunky needed justice. What I'm asking for is signatures for Chunky who was over a period of hours was beaten, drugged, his neck was broken, he was started on fire and finally dumped and left for dead. However chunky survived and defi...
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