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OLPC gets Windows XP

OLPC gets Windows XP

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It has been working on it since December 2007, but Microsoft has finally come up with a version of Windows XP suitable for the One Laptop Per Child XO machine. The OS has had to be "slimmed down" to run off a 2GB flash memory card, but the computing giant... >>

Google Earth comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch

Google Earth comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch

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Yes - Google Earth has finally come to the Apple iPhone, but online reports are suggesting already that the app's not that good. Mobile Computer says that the 1.0 edition app is a tad on the slow side, and also quips that "control over layers and places... >>

TomTom and Navteq develop "Sat Nag"

TomTom and Navteq develop "Sat Nag"

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Two of the biggest players in the sat nav arena have teamed up to produce a device that promises not only to get you to your destination, but makes sure you drive safely on the way. The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a joint venture between... >>

Police to carry fingerprint scanners

Police to carry fingerprint scanners

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Ten of thousands of handheld devices capable of taking fingerprint readings could soon be distributed to British policemen. The Mobile Identification At Scene (Midas) project, which has so far costed at £30m-£40m, could soon see the average bobby able... >>

Sony adds duo to digital photo frame collection

Sony adds duo to digital photo frame collection

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Sony has added its first ever 10 inch model to its S-Frame series of digital photo frames. The 10 inch DPF-D100 is also joined by the smaller, 8 inch DPG-D80, both of which feature high quality SVGA resolution LCD displays and will be the first digital... >>

Malware writers take advantage of financial fears

Malware writers take advantage of financial fears

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Companies going through consolidation and mergers in these tough times are being targeted by online scams. Malware developers have picked up on the fact that IT departments, like all departments, are facing cut backs at the moment, as well as mergers... >>

W-41 goes high tech with new clothing line

W-41 goes high tech with new clothing line

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So you meet someone, get on famously, and then have to part ways. Well here's a novel idea - instead of taking their phone number, you get your phone, and snap a pic of the logo on their tee-shirt. Software downloaded onto your phone will then connect... >>

Shoppers fall for fake tech specs

Shoppers fall for fake tech specs

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It seems bigger is better when it comes to tech specs and people shopping online. Even if we consumers have absolutely no idea what we're being quoted - whether gigahertz to DPI - we always believe that the higher the figure, the better the gadget. This... >>

Sun and Moon solar powered jars
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Sun and Moon solar powered jars

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There are plenty of solar lamps out there from sturdy models for camping through to the ones you stick into your flower bed. But the Sun and Moon jars, which are available now from IWOOT, must win out in the dinkiness stakes. As their name suggests, these... >>

Real sentences for stealing virtual property

Real sentences for stealing virtual property

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In cases that could affect European law, virtual crimes have been given real-life sentences. A Dutch court has given two boys community service after they forced another boy to give up items to them in the game Runescape. The case combined the real and... >>

MySpace Music courts independents

MySpace Music courts independents

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When MySpace Music was made official in April, three of the big four music labels - Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group - had already signed up. The fourth - EMI - joined the initiative months later, but the only indie distributor... >>

Facebook sciver facing the chop

Facebook sciver facing the chop

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A cheeky status update on Facebook could lead to a 21-year call centre employee losing his job. Kyle Doyle, who works for AAPT, Australia's third largest telecoms operator, pulled a sickie after a heavy night, and put his Facebook status as: "Kyle Doyle... >>

eBay buyer facing court

eBay buyer facing court

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An eBay buyer who complained about a product that he brought online was shocked to find himself facing legal action. Chris Read, a 42-year old mechanic from Herne Bay, Kent, wrote in the feedback section on eBay after he received a £155 phone he claims... >>

US Congress considering the iPhone

US Congress considering the iPhone

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Here's a good rumour for the end of the day - US senators could soon be deciding the future of the American people by making calls on none other than the Apple iPhone. OK, so it could just be Apple propaganda, but here' the scoop. The iPhone is currently... >>

Scalado unveils revolutionary camera phone tech

Scalado unveils revolutionary camera phone tech

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Swedish outfit Scalado reckons it has a new imaging technology that could revolutionise the standard of the cameras you get in mobile phones. The company worked with Texas Instruments and OmniVision, who builds sensors, to deliver what it claims is "a... >>

LinkedIn gets investment boost

LinkedIn gets investment boost

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It's doom and gloom for everyone apart from the business social networking website, LinkedIn. The website has managed to secure a whooping $22.7m in new funding to help extend its network around the world. Amongst those reinvesting in the web company... >>

Tagggit location tool launches for mobiles

Tagggit location tool launches for mobiles

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A new tool that allows phone users to tag places and people "in real time" has launched for Symbian mobile phones. "After years of repeatedly asking friends for pub and restaurant recommendations, sharing opinions about our own favourite places, and trying... >>

Broadband users up to their limits

Broadband users up to their limits

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The increased popularity of video on demand services like the BBC iPlayer are putting a massive strain on broadband services. This is according to new research from uSwitch, which is claiming that more and more UK surfers are coming close to or exceeding... >>

Yahoo Yang could be ousted

Yahoo Yang could be ousted

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Its shares are falling, it is chopping staff, and now analysts say it is only a matter of time before there is a mutiny at Yahoo. Allen Weiner, senior technologies analyst at Gartner, has gone on the record saying that Jerry Yang's days at Yahoo could... >>

Pioneer promises Qflix enabled DVD drives

Pioneer promises Qflix enabled DVD drives

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Pioneer is the latest manufacturer to introduce DVD/ CD writers for your computer that makes it easier to download then burn movies from websites like CinemaNow. The new Pioneer internal DVR-2920Q and external DVR-X162Q DVD/CD writers are availablw now.... >>

P2P downloaders go legal

P2P downloaders go legal

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It seems on both sides of the Atlantic, surfers are getting behind legal downloads. A new report Stateside suggests that there will be a 400% increase in P2P (peer-to-peer) internet traffic over the next 5 years. But, most interesting, MultiMedia Intelligence,... >>

Town votes to ditch speed cameras

Town votes to ditch speed cameras

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Swindon has become the first town in the UK to do away with fixed-point speed cameras. In a move that will see Jeremy Clarkson literally sobbing for joy, Swindon is soon to be speed camera free (though we wonder how often the Top Gear presenter goes to... >>

BlackBerry Bold given 04 November US launch

BlackBerry Bold given 04 November US launch

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Over here in the UK, just earlier this month, we reported that Orange had suspended sales of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone. A leaked internal Orange memo read: "Following reports of software issues with the BlackBerry Bold handset across a variety of... >>

iPhone boosts AT&T earnings

iPhone boosts AT&T earnings

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The third quarter results are in and it seems that things are looking rosy for American telecoms outfit, thanks largely to its exclusive contract to sell the iPhone 3G. The company launched the phone on 11 July. It now claims that it activated a whooping... >>

Oldham and Suffolk get free internet

Oldham and Suffolk get free internet

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In September, PM Gordon Brown declared that all households in the UK should have access to the Internet. And now the first two areas which will benefit from the government scheme to get all of us connected have been announced. School children in Suffolk... >>