Censorship archive

  • UK government turns on porn sites as next target for ISPs to block
    Online

    UK government turns on porn sites as next target for ISPs to block

    By 4 May 2012

    With The Pirate Bay now blocked by several of the UK's internet service providers, after a court order, the British government is now turning its sights on pornography. It is to consult with ISPs on the possibility of their blocking access to all porn...

  • Twitter country censorship tweets up a fuss
    Online

    Twitter country censorship tweets up a fuss

    By 27 January 2012

    Twitter's wings have received a bit of a clipping with the first signs of mass regional censorship being hinted at by the micro-blogging platform. In a blog post entitled "Tweets still must flow" the company has announced that it now has the ability to...

  • UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos
    Online

    UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos

    By 26 October 2011

    Google has recently released its bi-annual Transparency Report which states that there have been 135 requests from the government and police to remove videos which may cause a threat to national security. The 135 requests were made from the beginning...

  • Twitter blocked in Egypt after riots
    Online

    Twitter blocked in Egypt after riots

    By 26 January 2011

    Twitter has been blocked in Egypt, the micro-blogging giant has confirmed. It seems as if the Egyptian authorities want a blanket ban on all forms of protest and opinion, with the BBC also confirming that all public gatherings, protests and marches are...

  • Kuwait bans use of DSLR cameras
    Cameras

    Kuwait bans use of DSLR cameras

    By 23 November 2010

    Three ministries in Kuwait have banned the public use of Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras (DSLRs), on the streets and in malls, for anyone who isn't a journalist. Kuwait's Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance...

  • Amazon Kindle gets around Chinese web censorship
    Online

    Amazon Kindle gets around Chinese web censorship

    By 2 November 2010

    The new 3G Amazon Kindle is proving rather popular in China as it has the handy ability to circumvent the country's wall of web censorship. As was found in the Pocket-lint review, the  Amazon Kindle 3G is a pretty smart device, but rather than its great...

  • China defends its right to censor web
    Online

    China defends its right to censor web

    By 14 January 2010

    In the wake of the recent declaration by Google that it will be refusing to censor search results in China any more, all eyes have been on the Asian superpower for its response. That response has now arrived, with multiple government departments issuing...

  • Google threatens withdrawal from China
    Online

    Google threatens withdrawal from China

    By 13 January 2010

    Google has announced on its blog that it's considering pulling out of the Chinese market, following a cyber-attack from the country. Google says it has evidence that in mid-December hackers attempted to access the Gmail accounts of human rights activists....

  • 2007: A year in review, June
    Gaming

    2007: A year in review, June

    By 28 December 2007

    As the sun finally came out, the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war hotted up. Toshiba made the gadget world headlines with the launch of a re-writable HD DVD drive for notebook PCs - the SD-912A. And 4 days later, Toshiba's senior vice-president Hisatsugu Nonaka...

  • 2007: A year in review, March
    Gaming

    2007: A year in review, March

    By 27 December 2007

    Let the battle begin! March kicked off with the launch of the PS3 but hot on its heels was the arrival Xbox 360 Elite. Shivering gamers waited outside the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street in London for the latest launch from Sony. It was well worth it...

  • Wolverine ESP - a 250GB Multimedia Storage Player
    Audio

    Wolverine ESP - a 250GB Multimedia Storage Player

    By 29 August 2007

    It might not be pretty, but it sure is big and it sure is clever - the Wolverine ESP packs a 250GB hard drive and a 7-in-1 card reader. Featuring a 3.6-inch "razor sharp" LCD display this device is angled as the perfect digital camera companion. A single...

  • Firefox seeing record number of users in Europe
    Online

    Firefox seeing record number of users in Europe

    By 18 July 2007

    XiTiMonitor, a French web metrics firm, has reported that Firefox's popularity as a web browser in Europe is growing. The open-source alternative's user numbers are so high that Internet Explorer is in danger of losing its market share lead in some countries....

  • Olympus denies E1 DSLR rumours
    Cameras

    Olympus denies E1 DSLR rumours

    By 16 July 2007

    Olympus has moved to quash rumours online about a leaked PowerPoint presentation that supposedly contained info about its forthcoming "P-E1" digital SLR. In a statement to Pocket-lint a spokesman for the company said: "We are not in a position to comment...

  • PC World to launch the UK's first "Robot Dealership"
    Gadgets

    PC World to launch the UK's first "Robot Dealership"

    By 9 July 2007

    PC World has announced that it will open its first store within a store devoted exclusively to the sale of robots. The in-store shops will start to appear across all of PC World's 150 retail shops in the UK from the Autumn. The PC World "Roboshop" range...

  • Minox reveals DC 6033 WP battery-powered waterproof camera
    Cameras

    Minox reveals DC 6033 WP battery-powered waterproof camera

    By 6 July 2007

    German camera company Minox are readying a waterproof compact for launch. Boasting a sturdy, sure-grip rubber encased body which is watertight to a depth of ten metres, this digital camera stands up to dust, water, sand and salt. It has been specially...

  • Nokia offering Nseries photo printing service
    Phones

    Nokia offering Nseries photo printing service

    By 29 June 2007

    Nokia has launched a mobile printing service in Europe. The new service enables Nseries users to order prints directly from their phones and have them delivered to their home. "Remember when you had to drag yourself to the store to have your film developed?"...

  • Panasonic due to launch new digital cameras in July
    Cameras

    Panasonic due to launch new digital cameras in July

    By 28 June 2007

    Panasonic will be launching some new digital cameras and high def video cameras on July 17 at a press event in New York. This much is revealed on the invitation that was sent out to relevant American journalists, but exactly what the cameras are, or how...

  • NEC ships tech to enable 8-megapixel camera phones
    Phones

    NEC ships tech to enable 8-megapixel camera phones

    By 26 June 2007

    Tech-on is reporting that NEC Electronics has started to ship samples of its CE131 LSI circuit. Why should you care? Because this little bit of tech could make 8-megapixel cameraphones a mainstream reality. The CE131 an image processing LSI circuit chip...

  • Japanese mobile phone craze uses face recognition tech
    Phones

    Japanese mobile phone craze uses face recognition tech

    By 26 June 2007

    The Japan Times has reported on a new mobile phone-based craze that has swept Japan this Spring. Using the free-of-charge service, called "kaocheki", meaning "face check", people email their photograph via their mobile to find out which celebrities they...

  • Airbus gets approval for in-flight mobile phone use
    Phones

    Airbus gets approval for in-flight mobile phone use

    By 20 June 2007

    Airbus has announced that it is the first airline to receive airworthiness certification for a "cell-phone system" on board an aircraft. On 18th June, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Airbus’ GSM on-board system. The EASA airworthiness...

  • Blockbuster US chooses Blu-ray rentals
    Home Cinema

    Blockbuster US chooses Blu-ray rentals

    By 18 June 2007

    Blockbuster is to offer high definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format only at 1450 of its American rental stores, the BBC is reporting. Blockbuster have said the decision is down to two key reasons - customer preference and poor selection of films on HD...

  • Kodak's groundbreaking image sensor technology
    Cameras

    Kodak's groundbreaking image sensor technology

    By 15 June 2007

    Kodak has announced a groundbreaking advancement in image sensor technology that will help to make dark, blurry digital photos a thing of the past. Kodak’s new sensor technology provides a 2x to 4x increase in sensitivity to light (from one to two photographic...

  • Survey: Workers spend 10 years of life emailing
    Online

    Survey: Workers spend 10 years of life emailing

    By 31 May 2007

    According to independent research on workplace communications commissioned by Plantronics, European managers spend at least 2 hours per day dealing with email communications. This equates to a staggering 10 years of a worker’s life spent emailing. This...

  • CBS buys Last.fm
    Cameras

    CBS buys Last.fm

    By 31 May 2007

    CBS has paid over $280 million for popular UK-based social networking site Last.fm it's emerged. Last.fm, which currently has more than 15 million active users in more than 200 countries follows on from the acquisition of Wallstrip.com last week. "Last.fm...

  • Amazon buys dpreview.com
    Online

    Amazon buys dpreview.com

    By 14 May 2007

    Photography website DPreview.com has been bought by Amazon.com for an undisclosed sum. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Boasting 7...