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German and French consumer groups demand Apple removes its DRM

German and French consumer groups demand Apple removes its DRM

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The pressure on Apple to open its DRM in iTunes is mounting in Europe, where German and French consumer groups have lent their support to Scandinavian groups who have long been campaigner for Apple to unlock its system. UFC-Que Choisir and Ferbraucherzentralen... >>

DAB radio soon to broadcast images

DAB radio soon to broadcast images

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Radio and TV may slowly be merging, as a trial kicks off in London this week to test digital radio with picture slideshows. DAB broadcasts with colour image slideshows will be trialled in London for 2 months by Gcap Media, Emap Digital, Switch Digital,... >>

Apple to charge Tiger users for Boot Camp

Apple to charge Tiger users for Boot Camp

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Apple may charge Mac OS X Tiger users for the final release version of Boot Camp when it's released this Spring. Boot Camp is still in beta, version 1.1.2, and lets Mac users run Windows in parallel on their computers. At the moment it's available for... >>

Pentax launches Optio T30 and Optio M30

Pentax launches Optio T30 and Optio M30

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Pentax has released two new compact cameras, the Optio T30 and the Optio M30, both 7.1MP models, with the former boasting slightly better specifications than the other. Both feature Pentax “Digital SR”, what the company calls “Shake Reduction”,... >>

Ubisoft promises Driver 76 for PSP

Ubisoft promises Driver 76 for PSP

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Ubisoft has announced its next game for the PSP, to be released in March: Driver 76. The game will feature over 25 new missions designed for gaming on the portable console. It's an action driving game that features Hollywood-style car chases and includes... >>

Sky Anytime sells 1 millionth movie download

Sky Anytime sells 1 millionth movie download

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Sky has announced that it has sold its 1 millionth movie download from Sky Anytime that delivers pay-per-download programs to the PC. However the numbers aren't as impressive as they sound with the members only downloading on average 1 film every 3 months.... >>

Creative releases software for Vista gaming problems

Creative releases software for Vista gaming problems

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Microsoft Vista will soon be available to everyone on 30 January, but gamers may have an unpleasant audio surprise in store. Older, or legacy, games, like F.E.A.R and WoW reportedly revert back to basic stereo when they're run on Vista. This has prompted... >>

Personal GPS Tracker lets you snoop on your loved ones

Personal GPS Tracker lets you snoop on your loved ones

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Maplin Electronics has launched a rather creepy new device in the form of the Personal GPS Tracker. Meant to be used in times of emergency so that you can be easily found if lost or stranded, it can also be planted on someone or in someone's car, and... >>

Man sells life on eBay

Man sells life on eBay

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A man in Australia is selling his life on eBay in order to film a documentary about himself and the winning bidder taking over his life. Nicael Holt, who is computer illiterate and is therefore being helped by his friend Paul, is offering his name, phone... >>

British Open bans mobile phones

British Open bans mobile phones

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Golf fans attending the British Open this summer will have to go sans mobile phone, as the tournament is banning them. It follows a similar ban for this year's Ryder Club, and has been enacted as a response to players who have complained about them. Spectators... >>

IBM to unveil business collaboration software

IBM to unveil business collaboration software

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At its Lotusphere conference, IBM will today announce social networking services for businesses called Connections. Connections is designed to be a MySpace for offices, and will combine the functions of social networking sites with social bookmarking... >>

Virgin America promises in-flight ethernet, USB, and power plugs

Virgin America promises in-flight ethernet, USB, and power plugs

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New startup airline Virgin America has revealed the secrets of its yet-unflown aircraft, and it's more gadget-friendly than any other airline so far. Every seat has USB and Ethernet ports, as well as an electric plug supporting 110V, so you'll never run... >>

Nike rumoured to be releasing Nike+ watches

Nike rumoured to be releasing Nike+ watches

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Nike's partnership with Apple seems to have been a success, as the companies are bringing out new products for the Nike+iPod sports range. They'll be releasing three hybrid watches and a remote control to be worn around the wrist, says iLounge.com. First... >>

Scientists promise robot nurses by 2010

Scientists promise robot nurses by 2010

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A group of scientists believe they've got the answer to hospital staff shortages and superbugs: robot nurses. The IWARD project hopes to have system with three robot prototypes ready by 2010, says a report in the Mail on Sunday. The robot nurses will... >>

Zune sharing feature hampered by DRM

Zune sharing feature hampered by DRM

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One of the most highly touted features of the Zune music player has been thrown into question. Some Zune users have been reporting that the music sharing feature via Wi-Fi doesn't work with quite a number of purchased songs. Informal testing by Jason... >>

DSG to expand TechGuys service

DSG to expand TechGuys service

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DSG's 6 month financial results show an increase in demand for TVs, with PC sales lagging behind. As part of its response to its results, DSG has announced that it's going to invest more in to its popular TechGuys service - £50 million in the next 5... >>

Hackers use European storms to lure unwary victims

Hackers use European storms to lure unwary victims

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Hackers have taken advantage of the latest big news story to spread malware-containing emails across the net. Using the subject line “230 dead as storm batters Europe”, hackers are luring people into opening an attachment called Video.exe, Read More.exe,... >>

Google Switch mobile phone photos

Google Switch mobile phone photos

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There's a new phone of the moment on the Internet, and this one's got Google written all over it. The Google Switch is said to be the name of an upcoming mobile phone created by a Google/Samsung partnership. Blurry images have been circulating that claim... >>

Virgin Mobile's Lobster fails to take off

Virgin Mobile's Lobster fails to take off

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Despite hiring Pamela Anderson to entice customers to its Lobster handset, Virgin Mobile is thought to have sold significantly less than 10,000 of the handsets. The company launched the handset in October hoping that it would kickstart a new trend for... >>

Apple to charge for 802.11n Wi-Fi upgrade

Apple to charge for 802.11n Wi-Fi upgrade

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Apple announced good news for owners of new Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo or Xeon inside; nearly all have 802.11n capability in their Wi-Fi chips, except for the 17-inch iMac with 1.83GHz. However, downloading the software that will activate the 802.11n... >>

Apple's share prices fall

Apple's share prices fall

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Apple's share prices on the New York stock exchange took a tumble after it reported its last quarter financial results. Shares closed at $5.88, or 6.19% down, at $88.83 on the Nasdaq index. Although figures skyrocketed in the wake of the iPhone announcement,... >>

OQO releases model 02 ultra-mobile PC

OQO releases model 02 ultra-mobile PC

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OQO has released their second-generation portable PC, model 02, that the company promises is four times faster and has a display six times brighter than model 01+. It's been redesigned from the previous model with TouchScrollers for easy input and navigation,... >>

BBC climate model says UK temperatures could rise by 4C in 70 years

BBC climate model says UK temperatures could rise by 4C in 70 years

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The BBC is going to release its findings from a computer model of climate change this weekend in a programme narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The model was run on people's home computers. They simply downloaded a small piece of software from climateprediction.net,... >>

Families of assaulted girls suing MySpace

Families of assaulted girls suing MySpace

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Parents from several US states whose daughters have been solicited and then sexually assaulted by adults on MySpace are suing MySpace and News Corp in California. Separate suits have been filed by families living in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and... >>

Skype introduces small connection charge for SkypeOut

Skype introduces small connection charge for SkypeOut

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Skype has introduced a slightly different pricing structure that has come into effect at noon today. It has introduced a connection charge of €0.039 for all calls to landlines, and has also announced its soon-to-be-launched Skype Pro service, which... >>