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Chrome only browser to grow in February

Chrome only browser to grow in February

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Latest figures from Net Applications suggest that the browser market is moving in favour of Google's Chrome - which is growing while all others shrink in marketshare. Chrome is up 0.39%, which takes the browser to 5.61% of web use - in third place above... >>

Google buys Picnik

Google buys Picnik

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Online image editor Picnik has announced that it has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed, but "very, very happy" figure. The site allows users to crop, touch-up and add effects to images, along with a cloud storage service.However, the acquisition... >>

Sony PS3's Error 8001050F fixed

Sony PS3's Error 8001050F fixed

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As promised, Sony has found a fix for error 8001050F which has been plaguing consoles over the past 48 hours. The problem originated from the fact that some older PS3 consoles contained a bug that caused them to think that 2010 was a leap year - then... >>

3 CEO speaks out over Orange/T-Mo merger

3 CEO speaks out over Orange/T-Mo merger

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Kevin Russell, chief exec of 3 UK, has started getting mouthy about the forthcoming Orange/T-Mobile merger, which was recently rubber-stamped by the European Commission. Despite getting access to a pile of new phone masts, he's still unhappy about the... >>

Archos expands Android tablet range

Archos expands Android tablet range

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Archos has announced a further expansion in its range of Android-powered portable media players. The Archos 5 is being joined by the Archos 7 and Archos 8. Both will offer an ARM 9 processor, running at 600MHz, and 7-inch and 8-inch screens respectively.The... >>

Archos updates Vision MP3 player range

Archos updates Vision MP3 player range

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Archos has rolled out a wide-ranging update that sees almost its entire line of MP3 players upgraded and enhanced. There's six new models - deep breath - the ARCHOS Vision A14VG, ARCHOS Vision A15VS, ARCHOS Vision A18VB, ARCHOS Vision A24VB, ARCHOS Vision... >>

Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options

Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options

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We're not going to insult your intelligence. You know what Firefox is. You might have tried new boy Chrome. If you're a Mac user, you'll be familiar with Safari. You may even be a fan of long-running innovators Opera. One thing's for sure - you're unlikely... >>

iPlayer comes to BlackBerry handsets

iPlayer comes to BlackBerry handsets

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The BBC has expanded its range of mobile applications to include an official BlackBerry iPlayer client. Owners of the BlackBerry Bold 2 (9700) and Storm 2 (9520/9550) are now able to access the Beeb's television catch-up service from their handset.It'll... >>

Windows browser ballot screen rolls out

Windows browser ballot screen rolls out

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Microsoft's browser ballot screen, the EU-mandated move which offers users the option to replace Internet Explorer on their Windows installation, has begun to roll out to computers across the world that have Internet Explorer set as the default browser.The... >>

PlayStation 3 network takes consoles out of action

PlayStation 3 network takes consoles out of action

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Oh dear. After years of crowing about the Xbox 360's red ring of death, now PlayStation 3 owners have a technical problem of their own to suffer. It appears that a selection of consoles across the world are giving error "8001050F", claiming that they... >>

EU sets 6 month limit on Street View

EU sets 6 month limit on Street View

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Every 12 months, Google currently has to drive around all the places that it's snapped on Street View and re-take the photos, but under new instructions from the EU, that could be cut down to half as much - just 6 months.The reason is data privacy. The... >>

IWOOT offers MiLi iPhone projector

IWOOT offers MiLi iPhone projector

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IWOOT has just dropped us word that it's now selling a portable pico-projector that's specifically designed for the iPhone and iPod. The MiLi iPhone projector allows you to throw a 70-inch image on a clear, flat vertical surface, and can be used with... >>

Yamaha unveils YSP-4100 soundbar

Yamaha unveils YSP-4100 soundbar

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Yamaha has unveiled a soundbar, except it's not calling it a soundbar. Instead, it's calling it the "YSP-4100 Digital Sound Projector", but we know the truth, don't we?It's designed for 40- and 42-inch televisions and promises loud, clear, and rich audio... >>

No Flash for Windows Mobile 6.5, says Adobe

No Flash for Windows Mobile 6.5, says Adobe

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Flash 10.1 is set to bring a step change in the way that the Web can be interacted with on mobile phones, but the latest statements from Adobe indicate that Windows Mobile 6.5 users will be left out in the cold - only Windows Phone 7 owners will be able... >>

Spotify gets alarm clock application

Spotify gets alarm clock application

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A designer and developer, Theo Strahlén and John Karlsson, have put together a nifty little app which lets you wake up to your favourite songs on Spotify. Called SpotifyAlarm, it lets you set a particular time and a particular song to be woken up with.It's... >>

Skype offers Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

Skype offers Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

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Skype has announced a new version of its VoIP client for Windows - version 4.2. The upgrade brings a host of improvements, but the most notable is a feature called Skype Access - which lets you connect to Skype on more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across... >>

BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output

BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output

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It's being reported that the BBC's Director General, Mark Thompson, will soon announce a drastic cutback of the corporation's public offerings. It's set to include the closure of DAB stations 6music and Asian Network, a halving of web output, a cap on... >>

MOG.com plans UK expansion

MOG.com plans UK expansion

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US-based music service MOG.com could be planning an entry to the UK market, if reports are accurate (see update below). The site, which is rumoured to be taking a round of investment to finance the move, offers both personalised radio like Last.fm and... >>

Lara Croft wins Derby road naming vote

Lara Croft wins Derby road naming vote

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A £36.2 million ring road built in Derby will be called "Lara Croft Way", after a previously-reported public vote saw the Tomb Raider star come top, beating competition from footballer Steve Bloomer, astronomer John Flamsteed and engineer George Sorocold.More... >>

Patent granted to Facebook's news feed

Patent granted to Facebook's news feed

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In what could potentially be an immensely disruptive move, the US Patent office has granted a patent to Facebook for "displaying a news feed in a social network environment". The website applied for the patent in August 2006 - just before it launched... >>

Google Nexus One
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Google Nexus One

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Philip K Dick can rest happily in the knowledge that his legacy is safe. Despite complaints from his descendants, Google hasn't done anything to smear the Nexus One name, which it shares with the Androids in Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric... >>

Spotify Free users get Hendrix video exclusive

Spotify Free users get Hendrix video exclusive

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Spotify has announced that it's going to be running its first ever music video - a promotional clip for Jimi Hendrix's record company's latest round of grave-robbing - the Valleys of Neptune album, which has been compiled from some of the last sessions... >>

73% of Android owners are male

73% of Android owners are male

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Mobile advertising company AdMob, which was bought by Google back in November, has published its monthly metrics report, containing a host of statistics about the phone industry right now. Surveying 963 respondents, the survey found that a whopping 73%... >>

Black market Android app store shut down

Black market Android app store shut down

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A haven for Android application pirates has been shut down. Blapkmarket, which offered free downloads of many paid-for applications in the Android Market was maintained by one "Jesusxxx", but is no longer online after being shut down by its host.Jesusxxx's... >>

Wii and DS getting Grease video game

Wii and DS getting Grease video game

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You've seen the movie, you bought the soundtrack CD as a teenager, you got drunk as a student and screeched "niiiiiiights" in the Union bar - and soon you'll be able to play the video game. Grease is coming to the Wii and DS.It's being published by 505... >>

Apple adds, removes, explicit App Store category

Apple adds, removes, explicit App Store category

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In the wake of the furore over Apple's removal of apps with "objectionable" content from the App Store, it appears as if the company might be toying with the idea of sectioning it off instead. According to a developer, Apple sneakily added an "Explicit"... >>

Gmail adds features, retires others

Gmail adds features, retires others

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Google has taken inventory of the features present in the Labs section of its Gmail product and graduated a selection to full-time use, while removing others. The reasoning is that the Labs portion of Gmail had started to get a bit crowded - with more... >>

Heritage Key recreates Stonehenge online

Heritage Key recreates Stonehenge online

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Heritage Key, the historical virtual world whose founder we interviewed recently, has rolled out an update that gives users the ability to explore Stonehenge, circa 2,400 BC.Back then, more than 4,000 years ago, Salisbury Plain wasn't a plain at all -... >>

Elgato unveils dual-tuner EyeTV

Elgato unveils dual-tuner EyeTV

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Elgato has just unveiled the EyeTV Netstream DTT - a networkable dual tuner for DVB-T, which can take your digital television signal and channel it out across your home network. As it's a dual tuner, it'll allow two people to watch entirely different... >>

Popcorn Hour C-200 now available

Popcorn Hour C-200 now available

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Advanced MP3 Players has announced that it's now selling the oddly-named Popcorn Hour C-200 Media Tank. It's a media streamer, and an upgrade to the A-110 device previously offered by the company.Among the improvements are a beefier processor, optional... >>

Nokia VP: N97 was tremendous disappointment

Nokia VP: N97 was tremendous disappointment

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Nokia VP of markets, Anssi Vanjoki, has laid his heart bare about the N97's failings in a frank interview with fansite AllAboutSymbian at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The senior exec said that the interface on the device was "a tremendous disappointment"... >>

Google offers UK credit-card comparison site

Google offers UK credit-card comparison site

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Google appears to be testing a financial comparison site in the UK, which allows you to choose between different credit cards depending on a number of factors. Some users, when searching for credit cards, are being shown adverts for the service and the... >>

We7 Premium Plus to launch on 1 March

We7 Premium Plus to launch on 1 March

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We just had word from We7 that its iPhone application has made it through Apple's labyrinthine approvals process, paving the way for its mobile music streaming service to finally launch on the handset on 1 March.As previously detailed, the £10/month... >>

Leeds to get 100Mbps broadband in 2010

Leeds to get 100Mbps broadband in 2010

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Leeds telecoms company Aql has announced that the city will be the first in the country to get super-fast broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. Businesses in the Calls area, many of which are media and marketing agencies, will be the first to benefit from... >>

MSI updates All-In-One computer range

MSI updates All-In-One computer range

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At CeBIT in Germany, MSI has announced that it'll be exhibiting an updated range of all-in-one PCs that comes with multitouch 3D touchscreens. MSI claims that these are the first products of their kind in the world.They use a 120Hz panel and active shutter... >>

Steam gets massive beta release

Steam gets massive beta release

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PC gaming behemoth Steam has rolled out a massive update to its desktop client, bringing a wide range of social features and a browser based on the Webkit engine used by Safari and Chrome. It's still a beta, though, so you'll have to opt in to get access... >>

Italian court convicts Google execs

Italian court convicts Google execs

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Back in late 2006, a video was uploaded to YouTube that showed some Italian students bullying a kid with Down's Syndrome. Google says that it took down the video "within hours" of being aware of its existence, but that wasn't enough for a judge in Milan... >>

Mozilla begins browser education campaign

Mozilla begins browser education campaign

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The Mozilla Foundation, who created and administers the open-source Firefox browser, has begun a campaign to educate web users about alternative options to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The move comes in advance of Microsoft launching a ballot screen... >>

EC launches anti-trust investigation into Google

EC launches anti-trust investigation into Google

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The European Union has launched an anti-trust investigation into Google, following allegations from three companies that the search giant was hurting their businesses with "penalty filters" applied to specific sites.The companies in question are Foundem... >>

Lenovo expands ThinkPad lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkPad lineup

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Lenovo, who nabbed the ThinkPad brand from IBM a few years back, has rolled out a whole pile of new ThinkPad machines, from the small, to the large, to the non-keyboarded. There's the X201, the X201 tablet, the W701 and the W701ds. Let's take a look at... >>

Boxee adds friend-sourced web content

Boxee adds friend-sourced web content

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How do you keep up with the endless barrage of funny videos, pictures and links on Twitter and Facebook? Do you click them all to the detriment of your productivity? Do you ignore everything entirely? Media centre software Boxee is getting an app called... >>

Sony Ericsson Vivaz up for pre-order

Sony Ericsson Vivaz up for pre-order

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Vodafone has announced that you can now pre-order Sony Ericsson's Vivaz handset from its website. It's an S60 device which comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen and the ability to capture 720p HD video with 4x zoom from an 8.1-megapixel camera on the back.It's... >>

Philips delivers Fidelio DS9000 iPod dock

Philips delivers Fidelio DS9000 iPod dock

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In Barcelona, Philips has announced a new iPod Dock, the Fidelio DS9000. It's a premium product with a premium price, combining wood, metal, and fabric into a rather delightful enclosure. That's useless, though, if it doesn't sound good.But Philips reckons... >>

Philips fills your living room with 16 speakers

Philips fills your living room with 16 speakers

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In Barcelona, Philips has announced the Immersive Sound home theatre system. It comprises of five satellites, a subwoofer, and a base unit. But more unusually, each of those satellites contains three speakers - one pointed forwards, and two angled to... >>

Philips launches surround Soundbar

Philips launches surround Soundbar

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In Barcelona in Spain, Philips has just announced a SoundBar home theatre device. It virtualizes surround sound, meaning that it employs clever psycho-acoustical tricks with delay and bouncing noise off walls to create the illusion of 5.1 surround using... >>

Funeral to be held for IE6

Funeral to be held for IE6

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The announcement from Google that it would be withdrawing support for IE6 from its web applications on 1 March sounded a death knell for Microsoft's outdated browser. And what comes after a death knell? A proper funeral.A Denver, Colorado-based design... >>

Google Earth comes to Android

Google Earth comes to Android

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Google's starting to funnel some serious cash into development of apps for its Android platform, now that it's taking off. Once upon a time, we'd get announcements of iPhone apps from the company, but that's reducing in frequency now that the two parties... >>

Apple's sex ban made official

Apple's sex ban made official

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Apple's ban on the Wobble iBoob app has been extended to cover more than 5000 others which the company claims contain "objectionable content" - objectionable content that was deemed fine for months beforehand.Apple says that it has responded to complaints... >>

Sigma reveals SD15 DSLR camera

Sigma reveals SD15 DSLR camera

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Sigma has rolled out an upgrade to its SD14 digital SLR camera. The SD15 has been announced at the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, and adds SD card compatibility, as well as promising a particularly durable shutter mechanism.Inside,... >>

Sigma launches DP1x and DP2s compact cameras

Sigma launches DP1x and DP2s compact cameras

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At the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, Sigma has revealed a pair of compact digital cameras that are able to shoot in RAW format as well as the more standard JPEG. There's the DP1x and the DP2s.The DP1x is an upgrade from the DP1,... >>