Archive for Amber Maitland

  • Mexican airline rents iPods to passengers

    Mexican airline rents iPods to passengers

    By 19 February 2007

    Coffee, Tea, or iPod? That's the question flight attendants on one Mexican airline are already asking passengers. Although several US airlines are in talks with Apple about offering iPod seat connections, Volaris has taken a short cut and simply bought...

  • Microsoft brings MSN Soapbox out of private beta

    Microsoft brings MSN Soapbox out of private beta

    By 19 February 2007

    Microsoft has launched a public beta of its YouTube-rivalling MSN Soapbox video sharing site. Although originally unveiled last September, MSN Soapbox has only been available to invited beta testers. Now users can browse and watch whatever they want....

  • General Electronics to start making digital cameras

    General Electronics to start making digital cameras

    By 16 February 2007

    General Electronics is to go up against the likes of Olympus, Canon, Nikon and Samsung and enter the digital camera market with the General Imaging Co. The eight new GE digital cameras will debut at PMA in Las Vegas during 8-11 March. The headline product...

  • Cheese grating simplified with battery-operated gadget

    Cheese grating simplified with battery-operated gadget

    By 16 February 2007

    While grated cheese, including parmesan and cheddar for sarnies, is one of the great joys of life, actually grating it can be a bit of a drag. Get down to the stub and you can lose a fingernail; and then there's always the cleanup. The Deni Healthy Cordless...

  • USB smelly flash drive

    USB smelly flash drive

    By 16 February 2007

    Not long ago we told you about the aromatherapy pens that release a fragrance as your write; now your workplace's atmosphere can be sweetened with Debreu's smelly USB flash drives. One version of the "Scent Drive" is encased in a metal case with a delicate...

  • Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape

    Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape

    By 16 February 2007

    Google, having spread its sphere of influence beyond internet advertising into radio marketing, is now dipping its toe into the gaming ad market with the acquisition of Adscape. The company has paid $23 million for the company, which has developed the...

  • Sling some mud at this clock

    Sling some mud at this clock

    By 16 February 2007

    If you're tired of conventional time-telling devices, how's this for you: a mud-powered clock. Apparently you just plant some seeds in some mud you harvest from your garden, hook up a few wires, and within a short time, hey presto - you've got a working...

  • Bean2Bed turns from beanbag to spare bed

    Bean2Bed turns from beanbag to spare bed

    By 16 February 2007

    How many times have you crashed a friend's tiny flat and wished that they're sofa was just a bit bigger, softer, and more bed-like. The makers of Bean2Bed have taken pity on those of us with small spaces by creating a beanbag chair that doubles as a bed....

  • Zero-day attack in Microsoft Word launched after Patch Tuesday

    Zero-day attack in Microsoft Word launched after Patch Tuesday

    By 16 February 2007

    Microsoft has warned of a flaw in Word that is currently being exploited in the wild; the advisory comes just a couple of days after Security Patch Tuesday. The zero-day attack affects Microsoft Office 2000 and Office XP; in order for an attack to be...

  • Coming soon, the Hummer phone

    Coming soon, the Hummer phone

    By 16 February 2007

    Although vehicle manufacturers aren't the first place you'd look for mobile phones, that may be about to change as Hummer are planning to launch a new range of devices. Modelabs Group, which is a Customized Design Manufacturer, will design, produce, market,...

  • Apple ultraportable computer rumours surface

    Apple ultraportable computer rumours surface

    By 16 February 2007

    The Apple rumour mill was somewhat quietened by the iPhone launch in January, but now there's a new story on the block. It seems that contacts working on a new project have spilled the beans about a "sub-notebook" to website Apple Insider. According to...

  • General Electrics to enter the digital camera market

    General Electrics to enter the digital camera market

    By 16 February 2007

    With an out of left field announcement, General Electrics is to enter the digital camera market with the General Imaging Co. The eight new GE digital cameras will debut at PMA in Las Vegas during 8-11 March. The headline product will be a 12Mp model,...

  • Music industry agrees DRM is too restrictive

    Music industry agrees DRM is too restrictive

    By 16 February 2007

    Conflicting reports are circulating about the music industry's opinions about copy-protection and Digital Rights Management (DRM). After Steve Jobs posted his letter about the industry, saying that music companies should stop mandating that their digital...

  • Weekender case gives your back a rest

    Weekender case gives your back a rest

    By 16 February 2007

    There's a new solution to your packing problems with the launch of the tech air Weekender bag. This compact wheely case protects your laptop and has enough room, at 54 x 36.5 x 16.5cm, for a change of clothes and toiletries. Three compartments separate...

  • Cisco gives Apple more time over iPhone name lawsuit

    Cisco gives Apple more time over iPhone name lawsuit

    By 16 February 2007

    In the ongoing saga of the iPhone name dispute, Cisco has granted Apple another extension of negotiations, this one to last until next Wednesday, 21 February. "Cisco is fully committed to using the extra time to reach a mutually beneficial resolution",...

  • Philips brings cordless VoIP to the UK with the VOIP841 phone

    By 16 February 2007

    Philips has finally announced the launch date and price for its Skype-certified VoIP phone, the VOIP841. The company debuted it at IFA in August with an expected launch before Christmas, but the UK is to receive it in March for £130. The cordless phone...

  • Sennheiser launches PC121 monaural headset

    Sennheiser launches PC121 monaural headset

    By 16 February 2007

    Sennheiser, known for their headsets and headphones, has just released another small headset in its range of over 10 models. This one is a departure from the norm with a minimalist look and low price of £23. The PC121 in-ear monaural headset is Skype...

  • Half of the UK's youth pay to download music

    Half of the UK's youth pay to download music

    By 16 February 2007

    More than half of the young people in the UK pay to download music, according to a new survey. The research done by Q Research didn't question every young person in the UK, but took a sample of around 1500 people aged 11 to 25. The survey showed that...

  • Amazon.co.uk's PS3 pre-order gets off to a late start

    Amazon.co.uk's PS3 pre-order gets off to a late start

    By 16 February 2007

    The PS3 pre-order on Amazon.co.uk has not gone quite according to plan, with orders not being taken at a 9am start yesterday as promised. The site said it would allocate its first shipment of PS3s to pre-order customers, and would start accepting orders...

  • Maplin launches £125 Wi-Fi phone for Skype calls

    Maplin launches £125 Wi-Fi phone for Skype calls

    By 13 February 2007

    Maplin Electronics has launched its offering to the mobile VoIP market with a new SMC Wi-Fi Internet Phone. In - you guessed it - white, the phone lets you easily make calls via Skype without being attached to your PC. It works through any open wireless...

  • Samsung shows off Ultra Smart F-series

    Samsung shows off Ultra Smart F-series

    By 13 February 2007

    Four Ultra editions is not all that Samsung had up its sleeve today. It's also showcasing five Ultra Smart smartphones at 3GSM. Top of the range is the F700, which we reported on a couple of weeks ago. It boasts HSDPA at up to 7.2Mbps, as well as tri-band,...

  • Nvidia previews new 3D mobile user interface

    Nvidia previews new 3D mobile user interface

    By 13 February 2007

    Nvidia has made its presence felt at 3GSM by demonstrating a new 3D interface prototype, and promoting its new GoForce 6100 range of mobile processors. The 3D interface prototype is based on a specification developed by Khronos called OpenKODE, which...

  • Samsung lines up four Ultra Edition II mobiles, include 5.9mm U100

    Samsung lines up four Ultra Edition II mobiles, include 5.9mm U100

    By 13 February 2007

    We've got the low-down on Samsung's range of mobiles being previewed and release at 3GSM. The company is showcasing its second generation of Ultra Edition phones, which include the U600, at 10.9mm thick; the U700, at 12.1mm thick; the U300, at 9.6mm thick;...

  • SanDisk previews 4GB SDHC card for mobile phones

    SanDisk previews 4GB SDHC card for mobile phones

    By 13 February 2007

    SanDisk has been working hard with mobile phone manufacturers to develop the correct memory products for their myriad devices. The company's major new launch is the 4GB microSD High Capacity, or SDHC card, which is currently being tested by major phone...

  • Virgin Games to launch 3D PC gaming platform

    Virgin Games to launch 3D PC gaming platform

    By 13 February 2007

    There may soon be another big player in the videogames market in the form of Virgin Games and Game Domain International's just-announced 3D PC games platform. Virgin Group's CEO, Richard Branson, is thinking big, comparing it to a videogames version of...


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