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Apple publishes its financial report

Apple publishes its financial report

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Apple filed its financial reports today, on the last possible day, because of delays due to an investigation into stock options backdating. The company has suffered $84 million extra charge because of the investigation, which is looking into certain stock... >>

2006 in review, part 8

2006 in review, part 8

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In our continuing round up of the year's top news stories, July and August were robust months for industry announcements and news. Apple and Creative managed to settle their difference after counter suing each other, with Apple agreeing to pay $100 million... >>

Guba CEO steps down

Guba CEO steps down

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The online video sharing market my not be as lucrative as previously thought thanks to the dominance of YouTube, says Guba's ex-CEO. Guba's CEO Thomas McInerney stepped down from the company, telling CNET News.com that two other execs might follow him.... >>

2006 in review, part 7

2006 in review, part 7

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The single biggest product story for July and August has to have been Microsoft's confirmation of its iPod killer, the Zune. Zune has been in the headlines ever since, with its widely-touted wifi capability and unusual styling receiving mixed reviews.... >>

Gadgets help people tell lies

Gadgets help people tell lies

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Gadgets actually facilitate people's tendency to tell lies, a new survey has shown. UK Pollsters 72 Point interviewed around 1500 about their fibbing habits, and discovered that gadgets make it easier for people to tell lies. Nearly three-quarters of... >>

Rules for music tracks included in Official UK Charts relaxed

Rules for music tracks included in Official UK Charts relaxed

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The Official UK Charts are entering a new era as of 1 January, as the music industry recognises the digital revolution. Downloads have helped to double the size of the UK singles market in 3 years, from 32.3 million tracks sold in 2004, to 65.1 million... >>

Latest Samsung Ultra Edition, the Z720, supports HSDPA

Latest Samsung Ultra Edition, the Z720, supports HSDPA

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Although the period between Christmas and New Year isn't generally considered prime time for product announcements, Samsung is going against conventional wisdom and has announced the launch of its Ultra Edition 13.8 slider mobile in Europe. The SGH-Z720... >>

Geeks on Wheels
4.5 stars

Geeks on Wheels

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How does someone review a computer repair service, you might wonder. The task becomes a lot easier when your computer dies at precisely the time you hear of a new service, because it's obviously going to require some serious work in order to get it up... >>

2006 in review, part 6

2006 in review, part 6

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The original VoIP business Skype won more fans by offering free calls from the PC to landlines and mobile phones in the US and Canada; that promotion ended only recently. Lawsuits abounded, with Symantec suing Microsoft for “deliberately and surreptitiously”... >>

YouTube user claims to have cracked HD DVD copy protection

YouTube user claims to have cracked HD DVD copy protection

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A YouTube user claims to have done what no one has done before by cracking the AACS copy-protection used on both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. Going by the name of Muslix64, the hackers has posted a video on YouTube advertising his code cracking methodology,... >>

Apple faces investigation of stock options scandal

Apple faces investigation of stock options scandal

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs is facing a testing times ahead as the US Securities and Exchange Commission decide whether to prosecute the company about alleged stock mishandling, according to a report published in the Financial Times. Jobs apparently received... >>

iTunes has a bumper Christmas

iTunes has a bumper Christmas

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Christmas has been good to Apple, as visits to its iTunes website was up 413% on Christmas Day 2006 versus Christmas Day 2005. The traffic must have been driven not just by new iPod owners looking to download songs to their new gadget, but also by people... >>

I-CY penguin keeps the I-Fish company

I-CY penguin keeps the I-Fish company

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Joining the equally useless I-Cat and I-Fish is the I-CY, a small performing penguin. This small penguin flaps its wings in time to music, flicks its tail, and squawks at odd intervals. It runs on 3 AAA batteries or from the mains, but sadly isn't available... >>

2006 in review, part 5

2006 in review, part 5

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The beginning of summer, May and June, inaugurated a number of lawsuits and the UK finally got to nibble on the LG Chocolate phone. Motorola upped the bling factor on its MOTORAZR by teaming up with golden boys Dolce and Gabbana, while Sony Ericsson introduced... >>

Nike+ system challenges to be broadcast on Nike website

Nike+ system challenges to be broadcast on Nike website

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Nike has launched added features to its Nike+ website to help runners and athletes achieve their goals in the new year. At the company's dedicated website, users of the Nike+ system can set up an account and challenge themselves as well as friends to... >>

2006 in review, part 4

2006 in review, part 4

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Meanwhile, in order to improve broadband speeds in the UK, BT promised to upgrade its exchanges to 8Mbps speeds, while the Carphone Warehouse started making promises about its broadband internet package, promising it would cut bills by 60%. Online, Google... >>

Wikipedia founder to take on Google search

Wikipedia founder to take on Google search

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One of the founders of collaborative online encyclopedia site Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has recently discussed his plans for a user-edited search engine that could one day produce better results than automatic search engines that use algorithms to return... >>

Windows Vista flaws found by security firms

Windows Vista flaws found by security firms

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Although the consumer edition of Microsoft Vista has yet to be on the market, computer security companies are already finding flaws in the operating system. The OS may not be as secure as Microsoft is hoping it will be. According to a report in the New... >>

2006 in review, part 3

2006 in review, part 3

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March and April, the windy, rainy months, didn’t usher in as many memorable products as the previous 2 months, as the industry settles down before the summer high season. Major product announcements were made by Nokia, who unveiled the N72, N73, and... >>

2006 in review, part 2

2006 in review, part 2

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In the mobile phone world, Sony Ericsson launched the 4GB W950i on Valentine’s Day; it was widely regarded at its launch to be a threat to the iPod nano for its music-playing ability. Shortly thereafter the company also launched its Cybershot camera... >>

2006 in review, part 1

2006 in review, part 1

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The beginning of last year started with a bang, with a number of products being announced or launched that have proven to be big sellers or popular with critics. In the gaming, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Lite would be launching in March in Japan,... >>

Jajah offers free calls Christmas Day

Jajah offers free calls Christmas Day

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VoIP provider Jajah has decided to offer free calls on Christmas Day to alleviate some of the high costs associated with making phone calls on this day, when friends and family are trying to reach each other. In a recent study, the UK, unsurprisingly,... >>

Over the Hedge - DVD
3.0 stars

Over the Hedge - DVD

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Based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, “Over the Hedge” is the latest animated adventure from Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studios. Spring has sprung in the forest and a group of foragers including Verne the turtle (Shandling),... >>

Should you buy new Apple products before MacWorld?

Should you buy new Apple products before MacWorld?

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Inspired by a posting on a well-known gadget blog, Pocket-lint decided to take a closer look at Apple’s refund and return policy. As it gets ever closer to MacWorld in January, where new products are bound to be unveiled, it pays to wait to buy a new... >>

Microsoft finds vulnerability in the Client Server

Microsoft finds vulnerability in the Client Server

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Microsoft itself has found a new vulnerability in Windows that not only affects XP but Vista as well. Mike Reavey, writing in the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, says that the team are “closely monitoring developments related to a public posting... >>

Robots may get rights within next 50 years

Robots may get rights within next 50 years

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Within the next fifty years, robots could be developed to the point where they reproduce, improve themselves, or develop AI, according to research commissioned by the British government. Although the research sounds like something the writers of Dr Who... >>

Pentax and optical glass maker Hoya to merge

Pentax and optical glass maker Hoya to merge

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The latest camera manufacturer merger will take place next October between optical glass maker Hoya and Pentax.The two companies will become known as Hoya Pentax HD on 1 October, after the contract is signed in April.The last major merger in this industry... >>

Ubisoft reveals details on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game

Ubisoft reveals details on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game

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Yesterday Pocket-lint reported on the full line up of titles that would be available in the coming months for the Nintendo Wii and DS consoles. One of these is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), and game developer Ubisoft has announced more details... >>

Symantec releases public beta of Norton 360 for Windows Vista

Symantec releases public beta of Norton 360 for Windows Vista

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Symantec has today announced the availability of the public beta of Norton 360 for Windows Vista. This really only affects businesses, as they were the first to get their hands on shipping versions of Vista. Symantec has also recently made beta versions... >>

US record labels bring suit against AllofMP3.com

US record labels bring suit against AllofMP3.com

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Russian download site AllofMP3.com has not had a great year. The latest in a long list of persecutions comes from US record labels, who are filing suit in New York. Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol, and UMG recordings are all going after Mediaservices,... >>

Most downloads via P2P are porn

Most downloads via P2P are porn

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People are downloading more porn for free using P2P networks than downloading legal video downloads, according to research by analysts at the NPD Group. NPD tracks digital video activity on the home computers of more than 12,500 US house who agree to... >>

Digital camera sales exceeding expectation

Digital camera sales exceeding expectation

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Despite predictions that digital camera sales would slow this year and start to plateau, analysts at NPD say that sales in the US have exceeded expectation, and may indeed reach a record high.Last year sales increased by only 22% through the end of November,... >>

Google updates Blogger, adds Christmas gadgets to the Desktop

Google updates Blogger, adds Christmas gadgets to the Desktop

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Google seems to update its range of software all at the same time. In addition to recent changes for Google Apps for Your Domain and Picasa, Google has now added features to Blogger and Desktop. Designed for people who don’t know a lick of HTML and... >>

Creative unveils wireless Bluetooth headphones

Creative unveils wireless Bluetooth headphones

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Creative have launched a wire-free headset, the Wireless Headphones SE2300, although they’re not the first to do so -- the iLuv i202 beat the company to it. They feature a clip-on design, and are connected to each other with a tether, not a cord, so... >>

Sony unveils new GT series in-car CD player with USB socket

Sony unveils new GT series in-car CD player with USB socket

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Sony has released a new in-car CD tuner and changer, the CDX-GT610U/CDX-GT616U, which is a step-up model from the CDX-GT410U/CDX-GT414U. Both models are able to play music tracks in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats connected to it via a handy front-panel USB... >>

Samsung uploads latest point and shoot, the Digimax D103

Samsung uploads latest point and shoot, the Digimax D103

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Samsung, without any warning, has uploaded a new camera to its UK website. The D103 looks like a simple point and shoot, but gives in to the megapixel pushers with a resolution of 10Mp. The D series is designed for entry-level shooters, and this new model... >>

Sony BMG compensates for damage to PCs by DRM

Sony BMG compensates for damage to PCs by DRM

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Sony is being compelled by a court in California to compensate people for damage to their computers caused by the DRM used on some Sony BMG CDs.Those affected will receive only $175 each, if they can produce a description of the damage to their PCs as... >>

eBay China starts joint venture with Chinese e-commerce firm

eBay China starts joint venture with Chinese e-commerce firm

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Ebay seems to have realised it doesn’t understand the way the Chinese use the internet, and is instead turning into a joint venture with Beijing-based Tom Online. Ebay will only retain a 49% stake, while Tom Online will hold a controlling 51% share.... >>

T-Mobile extends Content Lock to Blackberrys

T-Mobile extends Content Lock to Blackberrys

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T-Mobile has announced that it’s the first UK operator to extend its adult and illegal Content Lock feature to BlackBerry devices. The feature is switched on by default for all of T-Mobile’s customers, but over-18s can ask for the Content Lock to... >>

Reuters working with Canon and Adobe to track edits

Reuters working with Canon and Adobe to track edits

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Reuters is working together with Canon and Adobe to ensure that editors can trace the edits made to an image, according to Reuters CEO Tom Glocer.Glocer let the news drop in a speech made at the Globes Media Conference in Tel Aviv, and later posted on... >>

Facial recognition software to make image searching easier

Facial recognition software to make image searching easier

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A new web startup hopes to outdo Google and Yahoo on image searching online by offering software that creates 3D maps of people’s faces, using just a photograph. Polar Rose is not quite ready to offer its software for use yet, but is developing it for... >>

Breadmakers and juicers now considered essential devices

Breadmakers and juicers now considered essential devices

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The Energy Saving Trust has released a report showing that consumption of electrical goods is set to increase over the next year, causing concern for the amount of energy used and wasted by leaving devices on standby. The survey also revealed what gadgets... >>

BBC to offer programming on Azureus video site, Zudeo

BBC to offer programming on Azureus video site, Zudeo

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The BBC is to make some of its most popular TV shows available for download with a new video download service developed by Azureus. The P2P video service, code named Zudeo, is different from other video download sites because its swift upload and download... >>

Nintendo announces games lineup for Wii and DS

Nintendo announces games lineup for Wii and DS

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Nintendo has issued the release schedule for games on the DS and the Wii consoles. On the DS, in January gamers can expect Mario to brighten the winter blues in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. Starfox fans also get a fix with Star Fox Command.... >>

Google and NASA to team up for Google moon

Google and NASA to team up for Google moon

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If you thought Google Earth made use of some amazing technology, wait until Google adds NASA to the mix. NASA and the web search company have announced plans to develop software that makes it easier for you to view details of Mars and the moon similar... >>

Opera Browser for Wii available 22 December

Opera Browser for Wii available 22 December

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Nintendo and Opera have announced that the Opera Web browser for the Wii console will be available for a free trial on 22 December. Wii owners with broadband will be able to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii menu after download and begin surfing... >>

Medal of Honor franchise to come to Nintendo Wii

Medal of Honor franchise to come to Nintendo Wii

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Medal of Honor is coming to the Nintendo Wii, says games developer EA. The latest installment in the franchise is to be called Medal of Honor Vanguard, and promises to keep the historical accuracy and authenticity for which the brand is known. Medal of... >>

Electrolux Design Lab winners innovate devices for healthy eating

Electrolux Design Lab winners innovate devices for healthy eating

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A lunchbox that keeps your food at its optimum temperature, and a healthy, oil-free cooker are just a couple of the prototypes designed by the winners of the fourth annual Electrolux Design Lab. Design students were challenged to come up with solutions... >>

Parents confused by gadget terminology

Parents confused by gadget terminology

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Parents are getting confused by the gadgets on their childrens' Christmas wish list, and don't understand what many of the gadgets are. A survey of 1500 people reveals what percentage of respondents understand what the top ten most baffling Christmas... >>

Ubisoft to release Prince of Persia Rival Swords for Wii

Ubisoft to release Prince of Persia Rival Swords for Wii

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Ubisoft has announced today that the Prince of Persia franchise is coming to the Nintendo Wii. Prince of Persia Rival Swords will be released in March 2007 and is designed to make full use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Based on the Prince of Persia... >>