Archive for Duncan Geere

  • Google to penalize slower websites

    Google to penalize slower websites

    By 12 April 2010

    If you're running a website which tends towards the slow side, you might want to start thinking about doing something about it sooner rather than later - Google has announced that it's going to start taking site speed into account in search results. The...

  • Gears of War 3 leaked early

    Gears of War 3 leaked early

    By 12 April 2010

    Oops. An announcement of Gears of War 3 has gone up on Xbox Live, surprising a number of keen fans of the game. No-one, including the developers, had previously mentioned the game as existing. So what happened? Well, an announcement of the game was due...

  • Microsoft adds pen to Surface

    Microsoft adds pen to Surface

    By 12 April 2010

    Microsoft Research is still upgrading its Surface product, despite there being relatively few of them in the wild as yet. This time around, the company has added the ability to draw on Surface with an infra-red pen, as you can see in the video above....

  • Skype for Mac updates to 2.8

    Skype for Mac updates to 2.8

    By 12 April 2010

    Skype has rolled out an update to its Mac application that adds a number of new features which have recently been added to the Windows editions. The new version number is 2.8. The update brings Skype Access functionality, allowing you to connect to public...

  • Twitter buys Tweetie iPhone app

    Twitter buys Tweetie iPhone app

    By 12 April 2010

    Microblogging site Twitter has announced that it's going to be buying up 3rd-party iPhone app Tweetie and making it official, turning it into "Twitter for iPhone". The app will also be made free. The reasoning, Twitter says, is that a pile of users were...

  • Tesco updates iPhone tariffs

    Tesco updates iPhone tariffs

    By 12 April 2010

    Tesco Mobile has announced that its iPhone tariffs are getting a shake-up. Prices have been reduced almost across the board, and there's several new 12-month contracts for those who don't want to commit to years with the same handset. The iPhone 3G 8GB...

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 unleashed

    Adobe Creative Suite 5 unleashed

    By 12 April 2010

    Adobe has announced that the latest version of its massive bundle of art, design, web and development tools has been released. Creative Suite 5 will be available within thirty days.  It includes new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere,...

  • Palm up for sale?

    Palm up for sale?

    By 12 April 2010

    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

    By 1 April 2010

    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?

    By 30 March 2010

    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...

  • iFixit compares iPhone 3GS to Nexus One

    iFixit compares iPhone 3GS to Nexus One

    By 25 March 2010

    Apple hardware site iFixit has posted an interesting pictorial comparison infographic of the iPhone 3GS and Google's Nexus One. It examines both handsets' vital specs and details some of the costs of ownership associated with each. From our reading, it...

  • Victorinox launches secure USB drives

    Victorinox launches secure USB drives

    By 25 March 2010

    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

    By 25 March 2010

    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...

  • VIDEO: Moto tests smartphone touchscreens

    VIDEO: Moto tests smartphone touchscreens

    By 25 March 2010

    Moto Labs has done a bit of testing in its labs to find out whether a touchscreen is a touchscreen, no matter the manufacturer. Turns out it's not. The project applied medium pressure in a grid pattern to a series of touchscreens - on the iPhone, HTC...

  • Google launches Bookmark Lists

    Google launches Bookmark Lists

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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?

    By 24 March 2010

    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

    By 24 March 2010

    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...