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Philips launches new LCD and Plasma IDTVs with Freeview

Philips launches new LCD and Plasma IDTVs with Freeview

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For some people, even the one-off payment and lack of contract for Freeview Digital Services is too much to contemplate. Philips has decided to solve this by making the tuner part of the TV cost across its two quartets of LCD and Plasma screen televisions,... >>

Toshiba Refreshes LCD TV Range

Toshiba Refreshes LCD TV Range

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Buoyed by the tie-up deal with Microsoft earlier this week, Toshiba has turned its attention to the screen you'll be watching its Microsoft-controlled HD DVD discs by launching its High Definition ready ‘WL56' LCD TV collection with three large screen... >>

Creative Takes Zen Approach to combat iPods

Creative Takes Zen Approach to combat iPods

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Creative has turned to the cashback deal in order to try and steal a march in the neverending chase after Apple's iPods. The new Zen Micro 4GB MP3 player will effectively debut at $179.99 after a $20 cashback voucher is sent back to Creative. For people... >>

Arise Sir Bill - Gates Knighted

Arise Sir Bill - Gates Knighted

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Bill Gates has become the latest recipient of an honorary knighthood at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to British Enterprise and on another note, his philanthropy in the shape of large overseas donations for food and/or vaccination programmes,... >>

GTA: San An gets Ad Ban

GTA: San An gets Ad Ban

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (GTA:SA) boasts an impressive, stand-out advertising campaign, but for some people the in-game footage in the two advertisements, largely set to music, were too violent. After drowning in the flood of 8 complaints,the Advertising... >>

The Sony Walkman Calls on mobile phone market

The Sony Walkman Calls on mobile phone market

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Sony's Walkman reached a quarter of a century as long ago as last summer. (see here.) However time and competition marches on, so with an established hold in the mobile phone market, it was only a matter of time before the brand found itself combined... >>

Microsoft Money 2005
3.5 stars

Microsoft Money 2005

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It's a cruel joke by the webmaster to give me MS Money to review again, as he knows I'm the sort of person who's broke in the third week of every month and hanging on by the fingernails in order to survive until pay day. In other words, I'm the sort of... >>

Ulead VideoStudio 8
4.0 stars

Ulead VideoStudio 8

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Ulead is slightly better known in the UK for its PhotoImpact! Range of software and also Cool3D as bundled with early All-In-Wonder Radeon range. VideoStudio is the company’s flagship title though, now here in its eighth version. Recognising the digital... >>

Hitman Contracts - PC
3.5 stars

Hitman Contracts - PC

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Ten years ago Activision raised the standards for PC Gaming to console level in terms of presentation with the sublime classic Mechwarrior 2, paying particular attention to the music as well as the action. Instead of multiple formats, there were different... >>

Breed - PC
3.5 stars

Breed - PC

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Well well, it's finally here. Technical problems scuppered a planned preview of Breed last year and we applied the patch to the review copy before proceeding, only to find that that stopped the review code from working too. Two installations later we... >>

Painkiller - PC
4.0 stars

Painkiller - PC

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Want a movie-style pitching line to sum up Painkiller? We'd called it “Serious Damned”. In fact it's a return to the good old days of Doom I and II with another graphical makeover like Serious Sam's. The paper thin plot has you in purgatory and conscripted... >>

StudioLine Photo 2
3.5 stars

StudioLine Photo 2

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This product is not related to the newly relaunched 1980s styling gel. Instead, it’s a digital camera editing package with the emphasis on preserving your pictures. It possesses its own interface with hallmarks of Windows XP’s photo handling, but... >>

Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC
3.5 stars

Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC

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True 3D is the major selling point to the latest in the Myst Series; you can play from the third person view (default) or switch to first person, although sometimes the game will make its mind up for you, in the style of Tomb Raider. Yeesha, the 200 year... >>

Be safe for the day with Personal Firewall Day

Be safe for the day with Personal Firewall Day

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Today is Personal Firewall Day. It doesn't quite have the same emotional warmth and fuzziness as Mother's/Father's/Grandparent's/No Smoking Day to immediately name four other more exciting or worthy celebrations, and we certainly won't be sending Personal... >>

Royal Mail produces UK’s first printable digital stamp

Royal Mail produces UK’s first printable digital stamp

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They were pioneered and introduced in America four years ago, but the digital stamp has now been released by Royal Mail for Britain. The principle is the same as the US version; stamps are paid for online, and then sent electronically. The user can then... >>

Kodak’s Digital Transfer makes APS format fade away

Kodak’s Digital Transfer makes APS format fade away

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It's been seen as a late move but the full impact of Eastman Kodak's move to total digital camera manufacture in the US and Europe was unveiled, as it revealed that its own APS camera will also be conspired to history. 35mm camera manufacture will be... >>

Tough Competition takes its toll on Dixons Maiden Chain

Tough Competition takes its toll on Dixons Maiden Chain

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The Computer World aka Tiny and Time as they were, are now on their third major rebrand as The Computer Store and with every relaunch there are store closures as shop rents and leases expire or are folded to save money. It's a sign of the company's strength... >>

Reports of Win 98’s Death Greatly Exaggerated, XP SP2 in summer 2003

Reports of Win 98’s Death Greatly Exaggerated, XP SP2 in summer 2003

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First we were told the plug would be pulled on Windows 98's support on 15th January 2004 including the Second Edition previously excluded from the Christmas 2003 clearout. However business pressure from companies eager to pay Microsoft (MS) for more support,... >>

UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC
4.5 stars

UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC

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UPDATED: 31st May 2004. We already looked at Unreal II's single player side at http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/review.php?reviewId=247. Thanks to the desire to make an Xbox version and internal competition with the Digital Extremes, and Epic Megagames, Legend... >>

Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub
3.5 stars

Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub

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Adaptec, major player in SCSI devices, has diversified into the USB and Firewire area with ease, bringing over its internal PCI boards with the various external connectivity methods that are now taken as common place. Thanks mainly to Apple, Firewire's... >>

KaZaA Lite shut down- By KaZaA

KaZaA Lite shut down- By KaZaA

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Sharman Networks, original developers of KaZaA, see quite a future in their ad-supported and spyware riddled peer-to-peer software and don't want a rival based on its code impeding their growth. Therefore, every link accessible from within K++ was rendered... >>

Coca Cola to launch UK Music Download service

Coca Cola to launch UK Music Download service

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Sensing the disquiet in the UK about closed American download stores, Coca-Cola are to launch a paid-for download service. Like the drink the service is expected to go global. Hooking up with OD2, who already supply Tiscali, Freeserve, HMV, Tower Records... >>

Real Gun Pulled at LA Multiplayer Games Tournament

Real Gun Pulled at LA Multiplayer Games Tournament

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"All over bar the shooting" would be an unfortunate way to view the events at a recent Counter-Strike Gaming Tournament organised by CXG. Let's let Joseph F Hill of CXG take up the story in his own press release; At 4:30am (CST) I was informed by CXG... >>

Microsoft in Xmas software clearout

Microsoft in Xmas software clearout

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While ordinary folk rush to catch the final rubbish and recycling collections before the holiday disruptions, Microsoft are doing much the same thing. The difference is, Microsoft's "junk" consists of old utilities and Operating Systems which are finally... >>

Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC
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Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC

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In the summer of 2002 you had to marvel at a game that sold almost a million at full console price, when it was a PC game- such was the loyalty commanded by Warcraft III Reign Of Chaos finally getting released. At the same time Neverwinter Nights was... >>