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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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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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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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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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  • Barnardo's Children's Charity
    Head of Insight, 2014 - present
  • Amnesty International UK
    Database Marketing Manager, 2012 - 2014
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    Masters of Public Health, 2005 - 2006
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Been here a few times now. The best thing about this place is the covered exterior seating (smoking not allowed), lovely to sit and relax with nice views. Dogs allowed outside (where food is served) too. The menu is slightly limited and the quality of the food has been a bit variable but we keep coming back so it couldn't have been that bad
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Popped in (I say in but all seating is outside) around lunch time on a sunny day in the middle of the week. The staff were friendly and the food was tasty. They are happy for dogs to come in too
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hard to say why I'm not giving this hotel full marks. The room was clean, comfy and large. The staff were friendly and the breakfast buffet. In the morning was actually very tasty (and all you can eat). The only real negative was the lack of character.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Visited the restaurant on a Saturday lunch time when there were a couple of very large tables in at the same time (booking is a must). The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff friendly. Unfortunately the food was "just OK" - nothing wrong with it but nothing to shout about either. The staff also made a series of mistakes, for instance, trying to take our order twice and bringing the same drinks order twice.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
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Great to find a pub that's dogs into the bar area! Stopped off on a whim after a walk around the near by Box Hill park. The food was also very tasty and the staff friendly and helpful.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Nice, rustic, local pub. The food was good (we had baguettes and they were large and delicious) and the beer tasty. Children and dogs are also welcome here
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The Sportsman had won the title of best gastro pub in the country and its easy to see why. The pub was absolutely outstanding and the staff, in this slightly quirky venue, were very attentive. Booking ahead is a must!
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago