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Scientists plan nose scanners

Scientists plan nose scanners

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Scientists at the University of Bath are working on new technology that uses your nose to verify your identity. Working on the principle that everyone's sniffer is unique, the system scans the shape of noses in three dimensions to determine if you are... >>

Sky to buy 15,000 3DTVs from LG

Sky to buy 15,000 3DTVs from LG

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LG has revealed that it'll be supplying a huge pile of 3DTVs to broadcaster BSkyB in Britain, who'll be installing them in pubs across the UK in advance of its plans to show football in 3D starting in spring 2010. 15000 sets will get installed, presumably... >>

Facebook surpasses Google in US?

Facebook surpasses Google in US?

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Is it possible to beat Google at the traffic game? For many years, the search giant has been at the top of the charts, but if reports coming in from Hitwise are correct, we may have a new king of the castle, and associated dirty rascal. For some time... >>

Nokia C6 due in the summer?

Nokia C6 due in the summer?

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We're hearing word that Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia will be introducing a new handset this summer - the Nokia C6. It's still just a rumour at this stage, but early suggestions that it could resemble the E72 have been replaced with indications that... >>

National Trust launches iPhone App

National Trust launches iPhone App

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The National Trust has continued its march into the 21st Century by launching an iPhone application. The charity, which works to preserve and care for more than 300 properties across the UK, has worked in the past with Google Street View to make its houses... >>

Spotifind turns your MP3 collection into Spotify links

Spotifind turns your MP3 collection into Spotify links

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Many people who try Spotify find that they rapidly shift all their music listening over to it. As it's often quicker to find a particular track in Spotify than to sift through a huge folder of MP3s, the latter sometimes gets dumped in favour of searching... >>

Augmented Reality for Yellow Pages app

Augmented Reality for Yellow Pages app

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Yell has issued an update to its iPhone application which adds Augmented Reality. If you're unfamiliar with the term, then imagine an overlay on life that marks points of interest, shops and businesses. Using the iPhone's camera, GPS and compass, Yell... >>

Plantronics builds creepy Wall of Ears

Plantronics builds creepy Wall of Ears

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Back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Plantronics revealed a whole pile of headsets of various sorts - Bluetooth, multimedia, voice. But to make all that stuff, the company has to have a good idea of the human ear, and how it changes between different... >>

Firebox offers Wi-Fi bathroom scales

Firebox offers Wi-Fi bathroom scales

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Firebox has announced that it's now selling a set of Wi-Fi bathroom scales which will allow you to track your weight and body mass data, as well as uploading it to the Web. We're not quite convinced by that last bit. The scales can track and keep data... >>

First registered website hits 25th birthday

First registered website hits 25th birthday

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Light the candles and clear your throat, for we're about to sing happy birthday to Symbolics.com, the very first domain to be registered on the Web, on 15 March 1985. Despite the computer manufacturer being long-gone, the website hosted by the company... >>

Sony announces RF4000K, RF810RK headphones

Sony announces RF4000K, RF810RK headphones

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Sony has dropped us word of two pairs of wireless headphones that it'll be releasing in April. There's the MDR-RF4000K, and the MDR-RF810RK, but for some reason the company seems far more excited about the RF4000K, so let's look at those first. The styling... >>

Next DS to have GameCube's power?

Next DS to have GameCube's power?

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Some little titbits of information have emerged at the Games Developers Conference about Nintendo's next move in the handheld gaming space. Rumours suggest that the successor to the hugely-successful DS will retain its pair of screens and have performance... >>

Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset
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Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset

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14 million people across the world subscribe every month to World of Warcraft - a massively-mulitplayer online role-playing-game set in the world of Azeroth. That's more than the population of Greece. As a result, there's a growing market of devices targeted... >>

Web bosses delay .xxx decision

Web bosses delay .xxx decision

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN as it's known to its friends, has announced that it's postponing a decision on whether websites will be able to register a .xxx domain until June Proponents of the creation of the domain say... >>

Gmail vows to fix slowness problems

Gmail vows to fix slowness problems

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At the SxSWi festival in Austin, Texas, Google has admitted that Gmail can be too slow, but promised to fix that, as well as throwing a bone to people who get irritated switching between a regular Google account and a Google Apps account. Googler Jonathan... >>

Vodafone UK getting HTC Desire

Vodafone UK getting HTC Desire

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The HTC Desire is turning out to be the mobile equivalent of the village bike - every operator's getting a ride. The latest to announce UK availability for the handset is Vodafone. The network had previously only said it'd be coming to Europe. Interestingly,... >>

Tweetsii launched by GyPSii

Tweetsii launched by GyPSii

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GyPSii has announced the launch of Tweetsii - an iPhone app that lets you see who's tweeting nearby, and also access information on what there is to see and do in any particular area. Tweetsii hooks into other location-based networks like Foursquare and... >>

Green Day Rock Band gets release date

Green Day Rock Band gets release date

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Harmonix may have just announced Rock Band 3, but before that arrives there's the small matter of Green Day Rock Band for the company to contend with. The title, which we first heard word of back in December, will be arriving on shelves on 8 June. That... >>

Google Wave gets extensions

Google Wave gets extensions

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In summer 2009, Google launched Wave - a communications platform that seemingly everyone in the world clamoured for an invite to, then abandoned when they actually got an invite due to the platform's slow, slightly buggy and confusing nature. But the... >>

Late nights with energy shots

Late nights with energy shots

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You might be familiar, if you've wandered into a supermarket or cornershop recently, with Relentless energy drinks - a brown cannister that offers the same kind of kick as a can of Red Bull. But recently, the company unveiled a new product - the Relentless... >>

Mozilla testing Firefox account manager

Mozilla testing Firefox account manager

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One of the nice things about open-source software development is that you can see what features will be in the next version of a product far in advance - there's no Apple-like secrecy. In latest test builds of Firefox, it looks like Mozilla is planning... >>

More HTC Incredible details emerge

More HTC Incredible details emerge

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Back at the start of February, some spy photos arrived of a handset calling itself the HTC Incredible, destined for Verizon in the States. It promises Android 2.1, and could be the face of the HTC Legend in the US. However, a few specs and screenshots... >>

Google Mobile Product Search gets stock dots

Google Mobile Product Search gets stock dots

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Google has announced a small but powerful update to its mobile product search engine - blue dots which indicate stock status in stores near you. However, it's limited to certain - US-only - retailers, including Best Buy, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery... >>

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

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Since the days of DOS, hard drives have always been comprised of blocks of data 512 bytes in size that are read in a chunk. But that's to change in early 2010, as storage manufacturers have agreed to shift to a format that instead applies 4096 byte chunks.... >>

Facebook to sue Daily Mail?

Facebook to sue Daily Mail?

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Facebook is reportedly considering legal action following a front page spread in the Daily Mail that was headlined: "I posed as a girl of 14 on Facebook. What follows will sicken you". What followed was an article by a former child-protection expert... >>