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Palm up for sale?

Palm up for sale?

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Following last week's rumours of Lenovo's takeover bid for phone-makers Palm Inc, Bloomberg is reporting that a number of people "familiar with the situation" have told the finance news site that the company is seeking buyers. Palm is said to be working... >>

Future diaries: 1 April 2015

Future diaries: 1 April 2015

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One of the joys of living in 2015 is the government-mandated flexible working hours introduced shortly after 2010's disastrous hung parliament gave the Liberal Democrats carte blanche to introduce all kinds of social reforms. It means that working your... >>

How will we play in 2015?

How will we play in 2015?

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The video games industry has never been bigger. Consumers have almost entirely stopped buying CDs in favour of downloads and streaming services, and the movie industry is getting increasingly concerned that it won't be able to support itself as people... >>

Victorinox launches secure USB drives

Victorinox launches secure USB drives

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Iconic Swiss brand Victorinox has announced that it's launching a pair of USB sticks that feature enhanced security features, as well as the regular Swiss Army Knife's blade, scissors, nail file, and ballpoint pen. No toothpick, sadly. The Victorinox... >>

Bing adds Twitter, Foursquare and tabs

Bing adds Twitter, Foursquare and tabs

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Microsoft's Bing search engine has announced in a blog post that it's testing a bunch of new features that'll soon be rolling out to full-time use. There's new Quick Tabs, and better integration with Foursquare and Twitter. Bing's Quick Tabs try and work... >>

Google launches Bookmark Lists

Google launches Bookmark Lists

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Google has rolled out a change to its Bookmarks product that takes advantage of all the stars you've been clicking in search results, since they were introduced earlier in the year. You can now organize particular bookmarks into lists, which are private... >>

Adobe shows off content-aware fill in Photoshop as it readies launch of CS5

Adobe shows off content-aware fill in Photoshop as it readies launch of CS5

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Adobe has announced that it will start shipping its latest version of Creative Suite, CS5 from 12 April. And to tease fans of just one of the new bits of technology in it, Adobe has posted a video on YouTube of what appears to be every Photoshop user's... >>

Mac gets beta Live Messenger update

Mac gets beta Live Messenger update

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Microsoft has issued a brief announcement that it's releasing a beta of version 8 of Messenger for Mac, which includes A/V support, as promised some time ago. The software, which interfaces with Windows Live Messenger on Microsoft's main platform, will... >>

ThickButtons makes Android keyboard dynamic

ThickButtons makes Android keyboard dynamic

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During the course of your English-speaking life, you might have noticed that certain letters don't go after others very often. For example, it'd be rare to see a word that features the letters J and G right after each other. So when you're typing, it's... >>

Boston Acoustics unveils TVee Model 20 Soundbar

Boston Acoustics unveils TVee Model 20 Soundbar

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Boston Acoustics has announced a cheap-and-cheerful soundbar for those of you who don't want speakers and the associated cables scattered about all around your living room. It's called the TVee Model 20. It consists of a soundbar and a wireless subwoofer,... >>

UK games developers to get tax breaks

UK games developers to get tax breaks

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The chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, has offered tax breaks to video games developers in an attempt to encourage the burgeoning industry in Britain. Darling said that the "creative industries, including the video games industry, make a valuable... >>

Nokia E72 coming to 3 network

Nokia E72 coming to 3 network

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Mobile network 3 has announced that it'll soon be stocking the Nokia E72, "by popular demand". The operator claims that the decision was prompted by comments on its corporate blog. A lady called Sylvia from 3's devices team posted: "I know we’re behind... >>

Auto Smiley turns your real smiles into :)s

Auto Smiley turns your real smiles into :)s

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A coder named Theo Watson has developed a bit of Mac software called Auto Smiley that uses your webcam to monitor your face while you're typing. If you smile, it'll then automatically insert a ":)" into whatever you're writing. It uses openFrameworks... >>

Asus unveils G73 gaming laptop

Asus unveils G73 gaming laptop

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Asus has rolled out another model in its "Republic Of Gamers" line of gaming machines. The latest is the G73, which Asus reckons has "an understated, subtly aggressive design inspired by the iconic and unsurpassed stealth fighter". Inside, there's a fair... >>

Microsoft confirms Courier tablet?

Microsoft confirms Courier tablet?

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A swiftly redacted section of a post on Microsoft's JobsBlog may have confirmed the existence of the company's mysterious Courier tablet PC. Despite Microsoft not having officially acknowledged the product as being reality, the company posted on its blog:... >>

Twitter boasts significant spam reduction

Twitter boasts significant spam reduction

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Twitter has written a smug blog post about how well it's managed to reduce spam on its microblogging service since it hit a peak of nearly 11% back in August 2009. Despite recent security threats being spread through DMs on the service, Twitter reckons... >>

Microsoft unveils 250GB Xbox 360 HDD

Microsoft unveils 250GB Xbox 360 HDD

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Microsoft has announced that it'll shortly be offering a 250GB Xbox 360 hard disk that you'll be able to use to expand the storage on your games console. The peripheral will give you a bit more space for the plethora of different things that the Xbox... >>

Eye-Fi X2 comes to the UK

Eye-Fi X2 comes to the UK

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Wireless memory card manufacturer Eye-Fi has announced that its X2 family of cards - launched at CES - will be coming to the UK. The Eye-Fi Pro X2, Eye-Fi Connect X2, and Eye-Fi Explore X2 will all be available from the end of April. The Eye-Fi Connect... >>

GameCrush connects you to gaming girls

GameCrush connects you to gaming girls

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A website called GameCrush has launched, which offers users the ability to play video games with hot girls. It lets you look through a series of girl's profiles and then ask them to play either Xbox 360 or a range of Flash games with you. If they accept,... >>

Droid update gets delayed

Droid update gets delayed

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Remember that date we told you to mark on your calendar? The date when the Motorola Droid would be getting its update to Android 2.1? Well, we hope you didn't use a permanent marker or anything, because it's been postponed indefinitely. Mobile leaks site... >>

Apple planning iGroups social app

Apple planning iGroups social app

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Apple has filed an interesting patent which describes a mobile phone application that allows groups of people to share information about a live event as it's occurring. It's called iGroups. It ties in with MobileMe and uses a very sophisticated cryptographic... >>

Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot

Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot

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Web browser Opera has revealed a rather impressive ballot bounce. The company shared figures with Pocket-lint that show that it's received 85% more downloads than normal in Britain following the introduction of the EU browser ballot screen. The offering... >>

Toshiba ceases incandescent bulb production

Toshiba ceases incandescent bulb production

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Technology giant Toshiba has announced that it's entirely ceasing production of incandescent lightbulbs - a product that it's been making for more than 120 years. Production of lightbulbs in Japan was started in 1890 by Ichisuke Fujioka, one of the leading... >>

Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords

Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords

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According to an EU Home Affairs sub-committee of peers, the UK is "well-placed" to cope with a large-scale cyber-attack. The lords examined what'd happen if a group of cyber-criminals or a rogue state banded together to attack Britain's telecommunications... >>

Texas cars disabled by hacker

Texas cars disabled by hacker

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A whole pile of cars has been remotely disabled in Austin, Texas, by a mischievous hacker who accessed a vehicle-immobilisation system normally used to chase after people who are late with their lay-away payments. The culprit has been fingered as 20-year-old... >>