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stephen hadley
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I was listening to the radio and 'Day after day' by Badfinger came on. What a great song so obviously had the input of George Harrison. It prompted me to relisten to a few of their old songs and they had some great hits including the gold standard 'without you'.
Their run of bad luck just goes to show that it wasn't just 2016 mired by deaths. I'm not normally nostalgic for 70's Brit rock but they aren't usually a band spoken about these days. It was great to jump in the time machine and relive these old songs. 
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I'm running the latest beta on my 5x and was thinking wow this is snappy so I did a little test with phones I have and there is nothing laggy about this device.
I tested against an S7, an iPhone 7 and a Lumia 950xl opening the exact same apps or if not, the equivalent apps (eg camera or store apps) and the 5X was as fast as any of them and in some cases faster. I was surprised how quick it was against the iPhone 7 which is a renowned speed king. Very impressed with its performance considering how cheap the phone is. The only down side in my personal comparison was the loud speaker which was nearly as bad as the Lumia 950 and paled in comparison to the iPhone 7 and possibly also screen brightness.
I haven't tested battery life but it seems better than the iPhone which is the worst of the four.

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+Sebastian Fox I'm not a gamer so that may have shown up the weaknesses but I did try all the major apps that everyone uses as well as settings, camera, store and boot times and there is nothing in it. It's not that the iPhone 7 is slow because it isn't. What surprised me is that the 5X held its own and at the end I had about 15 apps running on each phone. 
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Hadrian's Wall walk

Hi, I figured since this is predominantly a British group maybe someone could help me.
Next week we are flying to Newcastle to walk the wall which we have booked through a local company. I was wondering if any of the group has done it or live in the area and could tell me what the mobile reception is, we are on Vodafone Australia so it will probably roam on Vodafone UK, whether there is much in the way of public wifi and any places you would recommend that we must see. We are taking 8 days to do the walk so we should have plenty of time.
Any general tips would be appreciated as well. I'm not even sure of the surface or what type of clothing or footwear to wear or even the best beer.

Cheers
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+Ian Barton interesting reading and some great photos. 
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Any Aussies on here, Dick Smith has the Nexus 5X 16gb in white for $319AUD with free shipping. Thats about £160 delivered for our English friends. I just ordered one to try android N. It's most probably an international version but that's fine here unless you want 4GX speeds. Normal 4G should work fine.
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Just looking I'm pretty sure the nexus supports cat 6 LTE so all good for the higher speeds. 
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Does anyone know if/how music purchased from the Google play store can be burned to a CD? I'm not talking about all access, just songs I have purchased from the play store.
I also wouldn't mind importing the music into itunes on my PC. Is this possible?

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Thanks, your googling skills are better than mine. 
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I saw that the Nokia Lumia 735 is on sale at a local store near me for AUS$169 sim free which is about £88.
Was thinking of picking one up and was hoping someone here might talk me out of it? ;)
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I wouldn't have minded the dual sim 730 but as it was I picked up the 735 which is the 4G version. Great value and it even came with a spare back cover and has wireless charging. The screen is pretty impressive for the money s well.
I'm going to try and use it as my main device 
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Samsung caller ID.

Is it just My galaxy S7 or do all android phones identify callers and put their names up on the screen even if I don't have them in my address book. It's a handy feature and works on incoming and outgoing calls. It also identifies spam callers within one ring and hangs up on them and even international numbers seem to show up.
I had an iPhone 7 for 2 weeks until the lack of headphone jack got to me and I don't remember it happening on the iPhone.
As someone who hates unsolicited calls this feature is awesome. I'm not sure whether it works with SMS though. 
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It does upload contacts and the results were quite surprising in identifying a lot of calls. Spam numbers etc operator sending recorded reminders etc. 
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While we were in Barcelona my wife got pick pocketed (supposedly the worst place in the world for it so beware) and she lost her fairly new galaxy S7. Not wanting to spend the same money again to replace it we thought we'd try and get something fairly Top end but cheaper. She loved the look of the Huawei P9 in Rose Gold in the shops and after giving it the once over I thought this isn't a bad phone. It feels really well made and it's super quick. They include a decent huawei Power bank, case and screen protector in the box and we got it for the equivalent of Just over £300 unlocked (in Dubai for the international version with all the bands you could want) and they threw in a 32gb sony SD card.
The camera seems better than the S7 as does the speaker and the display, fit and finish and feel in the hand are all excellent.
You can uninstall most of the included apps and with the Google launcher installed it's quite nice to use with the EMUI. Android 6 is on it out of the box.
I think the price has dropped since it first came out so it's well worth a look.

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A friend of mine went into a church in Barcelona to pray with her husband. He placed his camera bag on the pew. When they finished praying, the camera bag had vanished!

I am not knocking Barcelona. I had a great time there in 1998. Tourists need to beware.
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Windows mobile

I keep a couple of Windows phones around just to play with the OS and I've recently put 10 preview on my 735.
I was trying to put my finger on what it is about Windows phone that I find ugly/annoying and I have put it down to the flipping live tiles. To me they are tacky and reek of trying too hard to look different.
Is there any way to stop the tiles from flipping while still having information on them?
The more I look at the flipping animations on the tiles the more I want to scream. 
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+Colin Bowen​ I like the Windows 10 experience, and the new browser. Plus being able to use cortana on my laptop. My mum and my wife disliked Windows 8 a lot, much preferring Windows 7. Windows 10 seems a much better transition from Windows 7 compared to Windows 8.

I'm using the stylus more on Windows 10 than Windows 8 (in part due to office 2016) and it just feels more consistent and intuitive than w8.
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Windows phone and Google plus.

I've recently sold my iPhone 6 plus and have tried to make myself use a Windows phone as my main device. I bought a lumia 735 and an 830 dirt cheap and might step up to a 930 for the better camera.
Being an avid googler, I wanted to get my photos on to Google plus. I tried the Google plus apps of which there are many with no luck.
Recently I downloaded an app called Picasa photo hub that seems to be able to do this automatically. It's free and once set up you don't need to really open the app again.
Now on my iPad I can have the photo continuity I was after with all the location detail backed up as well.
I don't know how long this WP experiment will last but it's all good so far. I really like the 735. The battery life blows the 6+ away and the screen is amazing.
Now to find a decent pebble app... 
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No, it's a disaster. Even using the desktop version of the browser it's still hopeless. I tend to read G+ on my iPad but I do like my photos to back up to it from my phone.
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Great pub, great feel to the place. Cafe cart out the front with nice seating. River view and lots of history.
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Stuck out on its own. Good for a coffee and a snack although the cafe is currently closed
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Rude nasty horrible place with no character
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Tasty food but the place is a bit disorganised. Reasonably priced.
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