Archive for Amber Maitland

  • iSmile speaker flower jams to the beat

    iSmile speaker flower jams to the beat

    By 26 January 2007

    From the makers of all sorts of fun toys comes the iSmile/iFlower, a battery operated desktoy to further clutter your desk. The iSmile moves and grooves to your music, changing expressions on its “face” LCD display. It has an inbuilt speaker, illuminated...

  • Hasselblad unleashes monster 31 megapixel camera

    Hasselblad unleashes monster 31 megapixel camera

    By 26 January 2007

    Hasselblad's huge 39MP H3D medium format digital camera was released around a year ago, and the company has followed it up with a slightly more affordable model, the H3D-31. As the name implies, this second model in the range has a 31MP sensor instead...

  • YouTube subpoened by Fox for user identity

    YouTube subpoened by Fox for user identity

    By 26 January 2007

    YouTube has been singled out for a subpoena by Twentieth Century Fox, which wants to identify the user who uploaded episodes of 24 before they were even aired on TV. The episodes didn't air until 14 and 15 January in the US, but could be found on YouTube...

  • Dell launches Presto technical support service

    Dell launches Presto technical support service

    By 26 January 2007

    At an exclusive press conference held at the chilly shores of Marbella, Dell launched its first technical support service, Presto. Presto is available now in the UK, France, and Germany, but not in the US, Dell's homeland. The service offers Dell customers...

  • Lite-On releases world's fastest DVD writer

    Lite-On releases world's fastest DVD writer

    By 26 January 2007

    Taiwanese company Lite-On has launched what looks to be the fastest DVD writer in the market, the LH-20A1S. It writes at a blistering 20x on DVD+/-R, although it only manages 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW. The device also apparently has a 1.5Gbps transfer...

  • Kids Tri at the Triathlon, Cycling and Running Show at Sandown Park

    Kids Tri at the Triathlon, Cycling and Running Show at Sandown Park

    By 24 January 2007

    The 2012 Olympics is in the minds of many young and aspiring athletes. Whatever the sport, the dream of a medal at the London games is spurring on many youngsters to don their trainers and participate in their favourite sport. At next month’s Triathlon,...

  • BluOnyx, the wireless portable media server

    BluOnyx, the wireless portable media server

    By 23 January 2007

    US electronics firm Agere has come up with a new way of freeing your media from the confines of the PC hub. The BluOnyx mobile content server gives you access to your data via USB and wireless connectivity, so that data can be shared between devices without...

  • Peli release i1010 iPod case in the UK

    Peli release i1010 iPod case in the UK

    By 23 January 2007

    Peli, makers of heavy-duty photographic and electronic equipment luggage, first unveiled its i1010 case for the iPod last year, and has now released it to the UK market. The big-as-a-brick i1010 fits iPod video, nano, and shuffle in its water- and shock-proof...

  • VidaBox roll Blu-ray, HD DVD, and CableCARD into one

    VidaBox roll Blu-ray, HD DVD, and CableCARD into one

    By 23 January 2007

    For those of you with lots of cash and no time to wait to see who emerges from the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD battle, VidaBox offers a complete home media system right out of the box. The latest bundle in its range integrates Blu-ray and HD DVD drives with a...

  • Online retailer offering OEM version of Microsoft Vista

    Online retailer offering OEM version of Microsoft Vista

    By 23 January 2007

    If you're itching to get your hands on Windows Vista, and can't wait until the 30 January, then one online retailer has the solution: OEM versions for sale already. Overclockers is selling OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacture, copies of Vista, which...

  • Samsung unveils HSDPA-enabled camera

    Samsung unveils HSDPA-enabled camera

    By 23 January 2007

    Samsung has released what may be another “world's first” - an HSDPA-enabled camera. The VLUU i70 looks remarkably like the i7 released at CES, but has the addition of the HSDPA functionality that lets you upload images straight from the camera to...

  • Ofcom criticises BBC planned on-demand service

    Ofcom criticises BBC planned on-demand service

    By 23 January 2007

    Ofcom has sounded off about the BBC's plans to offer its programming through on-demand downloads. The watchdog is worried that the on-demand service will have a “negative effect” on commercial rivals, and that this will limit their investment, which...

  • BBC to launch virtual world for children

    BBC to launch virtual world for children

    By 23 January 2007

    The children's programming arm of the BBC is planning to launch a virtual world for children, the Corporation revealed today. CBBC, which is aimed at 7- to 12-year-olds, said it would give children access to characters that they know from programming....

  • Apple may be sued over click wheel

    Apple may be sued over click wheel

    By 23 January 2007

    Apple is being sued yet again, this time for possible patent infringement on technology used in the iPod click wheel. Southampton-based touch sensor chip company Quantum Research Group says that the charge-transfer technology used in the click wheels...

  • Gear4 updates StreetParty with N2

    Gear4 updates StreetParty with N2

    By 23 January 2007

    Gear4 has announced the second model in its StreetParty range of iPod speakers, the N2. The portable speaker system is compatible only with iPod nanos, and has dual 3W speakers for total power output of 6W. With protected grills that should keep it from...

  • LG launches the Jar monitor

    LG launches the Jar monitor

    By 23 January 2007

    LG is releasing monitors from its Fantasy series to the UK in a slow trickle. The latest to emerge from Korea is the Jar, a 19-inch model. The Fantasy series is comprised of the Ring, the Eclipse, and Jar, which are designed as statement pieces that look...

  • Canon unveils LV-7260, LV-7265, and LV-X7 projectors

    Canon unveils LV-7260, LV-7265, and LV-X7 projectors

    By 23 January 2007

    Canon has launched three new ultra compact projectors designed for maximum portability so they can be used in offices. The LV-7265 and L-7260 both features XGA resolution and are equipped with 1.6x zoom projection lenses. The slightly higher-end LV-7265...

  • Avanquest releases Parallels Workstation 2.2

    Avanquest releases Parallels Workstation 2.2

    By 23 January 2007

    Avanquest has released its latest virtualisation software, Parallels Workstation 2.2, for Windows and Linux. Since Parallels supports all Windows from version 3.1 up to Vista, as well as all Linux distributions, you can run different copies of Windows...

  • German and French consumer groups demand Apple removes its DRM

    German and French consumer groups demand Apple removes its DRM

    By 23 January 2007

    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

    By 23 January 2007

    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

    By 23 January 2007

    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

    By 23 January 2007

    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

    By 22 January 2007

    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

    By 22 January 2007

    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....

  • Hip Hop Hippie drums to your beat

    Hip Hop Hippie drums to your beat

    By 22 January 2007

    Something more to clutter your desk, but it might brighten your day. The Hip Hop Hippie sits on your desk and beats his (or her) drums in time to your music. If you get a whole band of them, they drum in synchronisation. They run on two AA batteries,...