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Symon Russell
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Soo, turns out I've been remiss in not catching up with you guys but in my defense I stopped receiving notifications of new posts (anyone else had that?). What I miss?
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Yup me too. 
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What does apple have up its sleeve? I think that the smart money is smart tv or watch but could they pull something unexpected out the bag?

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/23/apple-promises-new-product-category-for-2013
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Nah I think it will be the tv or the watch. Apple it so big for us not to hear something else 
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Freemium games may be "misleading, commercially aggressive or otherwise unfair". Or so forms part of the basis of an investigation by the UK office of fair trading.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22109188

They are just looking to see if all relevant laws are currently being adhered to but could be a interesting news piece to keep an eye on
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Are Microsoft concerned about an always on requirement for their next console?

Two articles have gone up on sign recently which seem (in my personal opinion) to strongly indicate that the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection.

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/04/more-details-on-always-online-xbox-revealed

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/05/microsoft-creative-director-on-always-online-deal-with-it

Could the prolonged delay of the announcement of the next console (compared to the PlayStation) be explained by a concern on how to package this (probably) unpopular feature?
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I can't see either console requiring an always on connection right now. There is just too large a portion of the country that does not have broadband readily available and/or affordable.
It would just lock out too much of the market in my opinion.
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So Geordie La Forge is getting a downgrade after Levar Burton is selected as a +Project Glass explorer

Some other interesting picks, excited to see what comes out of this clever marketing move, are you?

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/01/googles-if-i-had-glass-winners-include-celebrities-like-kevin-smith-levar-burton-cliffyb
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New news about +Project Glass Apparently, the initial run at least, will be manufactured in California, USA

I seem to remember Apple getting some stick about not using US providers recently? Anyone have any thoughts?
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As much as I like to see more jobs here, I think it is a bad idea. This is why it will cost $1500, people need to realize outsourcing is a good thing and it really doesn't hurt as much as people think it does and on the flip side we got other country companies insourcing to us. Sure GM, and Ford may move jobs over seas but I know for a fact that BMW builds their X line over here in Greer, SC, also I believe Toyota or Honda builds cars in TN. I also know for a fact that Samsung has a call center over in Spartanburg, SC. It works both ways, to bad more Americans don't realize is this
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Twitter troll exposed!

Not sure if news of this has made it out of the UK but this week a professional boxer offered his twitter followers £1,000 for the name of the street that someone who was trolling him lived on and then drove the 90 minute journey there!

http://sport.uk.msn.com/trending-blog/curtis-woodhouse-meets-twitter-troll-on-daybreak

Did he go too far or is he an anti-trolling hero?
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Without reading the entire article or anything I say good for that guy...if you're going to tweet something you should be able to stand behind your words instead of cowering behind your username.  I just don't think it's wrong to call someone on their shitty comments.  It seems to have ended well though so I can say that.  If he would have just beat the guy to a pulp I probably wouldn't feel the same way.
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Really awesome traveloge (at least that's what I'm calling it) - incredibly well written imho
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If you're missing tech fetish then you might want to check out last week's podcast beyond! Where they talk about the prospect of an always on Xbox and other thing next gen

http://beyond.ign.libsynpro.com/podcast-beyond-episode-288-1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Fpodcasts%2Fbeyond+%28A+LibSyn+podcast%3A+Podcast+Beyond%29
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It would have been nice to be a fly on the wall of the office where the Microsoft exec who told gamers to very over an always on connection pasted ways with the company

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/10/microsoft-creative-director-departs-after-always-on-controversy

Whether the resignation was voluntary or not it seems like a strong reaction - could Microsoft drop the ball as the new console generation dawns?
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Yeah BABY!!!
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So there are rumours about the new nexus 7 - personally I cannot imagine a tablet giving me more than my current nexus and rumours of faster processes and better screens do nothing more me (mostly because I can't comprehend the difference am sure).

What do you think? Should we be taking about the iOS 7 rumours instead?

New Nexus 7: http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/03/google-rumored-to-release-new-nexus-7-in-july

IOS overhaul: http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/03/ios-7-may-have-major-ui-overhaul
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+Bruce Johnson it's not that they don't exist, it's just that they take tracking down whereas it feels like you can't walk around a corner in London without seeing another shop selling a different case for the ipad
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As of writing this we are 100 members!

The first step on the path to enlightenment is to admit your true nature...

...My name is Symon and I'm proud to be a tech fetishist!
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Ya I can't say that I'm a huge poster, but I enjoy commenting on posts lol.
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    Masters of Public Health, 2005 - 2006
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The hotel itself was amazing and a great location for those wanting to see the sights but be out of the seriously busy areas. The bar in the lobby (LOCL) was very nice - made what it is by its wonderful staff Lost 1 star as there was a small blood stain on the duvet (not the sheet itself). Not enough to make a complaint about but enough to not have a 100% review
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
The phrase luxury art deco doesn't even do the decor justice and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The chateaubriand was amazing (my partner only recently a meat eater was instantly converted). Desserts were delicious but my partners marinated pineapple arrived with chilli on it (an allergy they were aware of). The problem was swiftly resolved but the fact that the mistake was made and the dessert wasn't offered gratis is the only thing knocking this down to a 4
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Visited about a month ago at Sunday lunch time. The food tasted delicious (on a traditional English menu we had guinea fowl with lentils and spring greens and roast beef with seasonal veg). The setting and service was lovely but it was quite slow, the only thing holding it back from a full 5 stars
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Tasty food but not perfect. Lovely surroundings and the staff were generally nice but not sure how they would cope at a busier time (we were one of two tables eating)
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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A cut above the rest for us. The setting and ambiance was beautiful (with helpful staff there when you needed them and the decor fitted perfectly, clearly very well thought through). The food was amazing - we had lamb shank which melted off the bone and mackerel with pickled rhubarb which was both unusual and defies description.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Food was absolutely beautiful and well priced for the quality. The staff were really helpful (even though we were the last sitting of the service) and you can't fault the location - it's less than 10 metres from the beach
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
We came for the restaurant and weren't staying in their rooms. Food was delicious (although not without a couple of tiny faults) and it was very reasonably priced. Slightly let down by the service which became very slow towards the end of the meal (although the staff were very good when they were at the table)
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reviewed 6 months ago