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Freeloader provides solar power for your gadgets

Freeloader provides solar power for your gadgets

By Amber Maitland

Here's another battery recharger that we think might come in useful. The Freeloader promises to power any handheld device anytime, providing up to 18 hours of backup power for an iPod. Ingeniously, it can load up on solar power when you're outside, or... Read more

Defence auction site flogs army vehicles

Defence auction site flogs army vehicles

By Amber Maitland

The Ministry of Defence has launched a new aution site dedicated to flogging used armed services kit. The Disposals Sales Agency has set up its website to rival eBay, with live auctions as well as items listed for a flat rate. The variety of gear is quite... Read more

Sharp unveils massive Blu-ray home theatre system

Sharp unveils massive Blu-ray home theatre system

By Amber Maitland

Sharp has dropped a mammoth home theatre system in to the Japanese market. The 7.1 Blu-ray system combines a BD-MPC70 with seven speakers to create the definitive home cinema. The speakers are capable of producing 175W of power, surrounding you with the... Read more

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio propose merger

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio propose merger

By Amber Maitland

The only two available satellite radio companies have announced a plans to merge their enterprises in a deal worth about $13 billion. If the deal goes through, it means that people will only have one choice - to subscribe to the one satellite radio company... Read more

Cuba migrates to Linux

Cuba migrates to Linux

By Amber Maitland

Communist-run Cuba is planning a move away from proprietary software to open source in order to lesson the country's reliance on Microsoft's operating system. The matter garnered attention last week at a technology conference, where the Communications... Read more

New Spectator image storage device and GPS receiver from Jobo

New Spectator image storage device and GPS receiver from Jobo

By Amber Maitland

Jobo, which makes all sorts of imaging accessories from their offices in Germany, has announced it will be showcasing several new products at PMA this year, including a new image storage device and a GPS receiver for photographers. The Spectator is a... Read more

Uber-realistic games to be ready in as soon as 2 years

Uber-realistic games to be ready in as soon as 2 years

By Amber Maitland

Gaming is at the brink of becoming a lot more real, according to games developers speaking to the BBC. Super-realistic computer games starring characters who look real are at most 2 years away. One developer calls the difference between games characters... Read more

New Nikon L-series and S-series digital cameras released

New Nikon L-series and S-series digital cameras released

By Amber Maitland

So what's next for Nikon after the release of the P5000? The company also launched models in its S-series and L-series. Encased in brushed metal, the S500 is a compact with 7.1MP and a 3x optical zoom that also boasts Vibration Reduction and ISO 2000,... Read more

Nikon P5000 prosumer camera unveiled

Nikon P5000 prosumer camera unveiled

By Amber Maitland

With PMA around the corner, Nikon has released a clutch of new digital compacts, including a new 10MP prosumer model. The Coolpix P5000 is encased in a faux leather material and has a rubber grip for better holding. Its impressive megapixel count isn't... Read more

SlySoft cracks HD DVD copy protection

SlySoft cracks HD DVD copy protection

By Amber Maitland

The copy protection on HD DVD discs has officially been broken with the release of SlySoft's AnyDVD HD. The $80 software decrypts your HD DVDs so that you can store them or copy them on to other discs. Because it removes the AACS encryption from the discs,... Read more

Britney Spear's hair for sale on eBay

Britney Spear's hair for sale on eBay

By Amber Maitland

Revoltingly, no sooner has Britney Spears taken the razor to her locks then they appear on eBay. The first page of items that return from a search for her hair includes a strange bidding war that has reached $99,999,999, although we predict that eBay... Read more

Broadband routers leave users vulnerable to hackers

Broadband routers leave users vulnerable to hackers

By Amber Maitland

Wireless routers leave people wide open to attacks on their PCs says security firm Symantec. Its Security Response, in conjunction with Indiana University School of Informatics, has found that that many broadband users are vulnerable to a type of attack... Read more

PC World to create world's first carbon neutral computer

PC World to create world's first carbon neutral computer

By Amber Maitland

PC World has set itself the lofty goal of developing the first "carbon neutral" PC to be sold throughout its network of stores. It plans to create the machine out of recycled materials and offset the rest with carbon offset payments. The new PC, which... Read more

AMD launches site in Second Life

AMD launches site in Second Life

By Amber Maitland

AMD is the latest high-tech company to set up a site within Linden Lab's Second Life world. Rather than trying to sell items to Second Life avatars, AMD hopes to use its space, the AMD Dev Central Pavilion located on AMD Dev Central Island, to foster... Read more

Chelsea signs first Premiership deal with YouTube

Chelsea signs first Premiership deal with YouTube

By Amber Maitland

YouTube is signing content deals all over the place, with the latest to be announced one with Premiership club Chelsea. It's signed up to make available archive footage as well as daily news on its own branded channel, at Youtube.com/chealseafc. The channel... Read more

Save electricity and money with Bye Bye Standby

Save electricity and money with Bye Bye Standby

By Amber Maitland

Most people are aware now that leaving appliances and electronic devices on standby wastes a great deal of energy. Simply switching your TV off at the mains could save you money - research shows that the average household wastes about £37 a year by leaving... Read more

Adobe Lightroom 1.0 now shipping

Adobe Lightroom 1.0 now shipping

By Amber Maitland

Adobe has announced that its RAW workflow software, Lightroom 1.0, is now available and shipping. As expected, the software retails for £146.88 from Adobe's website, and is available as a boxed version and as a download. Lightroom is not expected to... Read more

Flaws in Firefox and IE7 could give hackers hard drive access

Flaws in Firefox and IE7 could give hackers hard drive access

By Amber Maitland

A security researcher has discovered two fairly serious flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and Mozilla's Firefox. Michal Zalewski, who posts to a security mailing list, says that the browsers' flaws could allow hackers to get data by luring... Read more

Mexican airline rents iPods to passengers

Mexican airline rents iPods to passengers

By Amber Maitland

Coffee, Tea, or iPod? That's the question flight attendants on one Mexican airline are already asking passengers. Although several US airlines are in talks with Apple about offering iPod seat connections, Volaris has taken a short cut and simply bought... Read more

Microsoft brings MSN Soapbox out of private beta

Microsoft brings MSN Soapbox out of private beta

By Amber Maitland

Microsoft has launched a public beta of its YouTube-rivalling MSN Soapbox video sharing site. Although originally unveiled last September, MSN Soapbox has only been available to invited beta testers. Now users can browse and watch whatever they want.... Read more

General Electronics to start making digital cameras

General Electronics to start making digital cameras

By Amber Maitland

General Electronics is to go up against the likes of Olympus, Canon, Nikon and Samsung and enter the digital camera market with the General Imaging Co. The eight new GE digital cameras will debut at PMA in Las Vegas during 8-11 March. The headline product... Read more

Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape

Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape

By Amber Maitland

Google, having spread its sphere of influence beyond internet advertising into radio marketing, is now dipping its toe into the gaming ad market with the acquisition of Adscape. The company has paid $23 million for the company, which has developed the... Read more

Zero-day attack in Microsoft Word launched after Patch Tuesday

Zero-day attack in Microsoft Word launched after Patch Tuesday

By Amber Maitland

Microsoft has warned of a flaw in Word that is currently being exploited in the wild; the advisory comes just a couple of days after Security Patch Tuesday. The zero-day attack affects Microsoft Office 2000 and Office XP; in order for an attack to be... Read more

Apple ultraportable computer rumours surface

Apple ultraportable computer rumours surface

By Amber Maitland

The Apple rumour mill was somewhat quietened by the iPhone launch in January, but now there's a new story on the block. It seems that contacts working on a new project have spilled the beans about a "sub-notebook" to website Apple Insider. According to... Read more

General Electrics to enter the digital camera market

General Electrics to enter the digital camera market

By Amber Maitland

With an out of left field announcement, General Electrics is to enter the digital camera market with the General Imaging Co. The eight new GE digital cameras will debut at PMA in Las Vegas during 8-11 March. The headline product will be a 12Mp model,... Read more

Music industry agrees DRM is too restrictive

Music industry agrees DRM is too restrictive

By Amber Maitland

Conflicting reports are circulating about the music industry's opinions about copy-protection and Digital Rights Management (DRM). After Steve Jobs posted his letter about the industry, saying that music companies should stop mandating that their digital... Read more

Weekender case gives your back a rest

Weekender case gives your back a rest

By Amber Maitland

There's a new solution to your packing problems with the launch of the tech air Weekender bag. This compact wheely case protects your laptop and has enough room, at 54 x 36.5 x 16.5cm, for a change of clothes and toiletries. Three compartments separate... Read more

Cisco gives Apple more time over iPhone name lawsuit

Cisco gives Apple more time over iPhone name lawsuit

By Amber Maitland

In the ongoing saga of the iPhone name dispute, Cisco has granted Apple another extension of negotiations, this one to last until next Wednesday, 21 February. "Cisco is fully committed to using the extra time to reach a mutually beneficial resolution",... Read more

Philips brings cordless VoIP to the UK with the VOIP841 phone

Philips brings cordless VoIP to the UK with the VOIP841 phone

By Amber Maitland

Philips has finally announced the launch date and price for its Skype-certified VoIP phone, the VOIP841. The company debuted it at IFA in August with an expected launch before Christmas, but the UK is to receive it in March for £130. The cordless phone... Read more

Half of the UK's youth pay to download music

Half of the UK's youth pay to download music

By Amber Maitland

More than half of the young people in the UK pay to download music, according to a new survey. The research done by Q Research didn't question every young person in the UK, but took a sample of around 1500 people aged 11 to 25. The survey showed that... Read more

Amazon.co.uk's PS3 pre-order gets off to a late start

Amazon.co.uk's PS3 pre-order gets off to a late start

By Amber Maitland

The PS3 pre-order on Amazon.co.uk has not gone quite according to plan, with orders not being taken at a 9am start yesterday as promised. The site said it would allocate its first shipment of PS3s to pre-order customers, and would start accepting orders... Read more

Samsung shows off Ultra Smart F-series

Samsung shows off Ultra Smart F-series

By Amber Maitland

Four Ultra editions is not all that Samsung had up its sleeve today. It's also showcasing five Ultra Smart smartphones at 3GSM. Top of the range is the F700, which we reported on a couple of weeks ago. It boasts HSDPA at up to 7.2Mbps, as well as tri-band,... Read more

Nvidia previews new 3D mobile user interface

Nvidia previews new 3D mobile user interface

By Amber Maitland

Nvidia has made its presence felt at 3GSM by demonstrating a new 3D interface prototype, and promoting its new GoForce 6100 range of mobile processors. The 3D interface prototype is based on a specification developed by Khronos called OpenKODE, which... Read more

Samsung lines up four Ultra Edition II mobiles, include 5.9mm U100

Samsung lines up four Ultra Edition II mobiles, include 5.9mm U100

By Amber Maitland

We've got the low-down on Samsung's range of mobiles being previewed and release at 3GSM. The company is showcasing its second generation of Ultra Edition phones, which include the U600, at 10.9mm thick; the U700, at 12.1mm thick; the U300, at 9.6mm thick;... Read more

SanDisk previews 4GB SDHC card for mobile phones

SanDisk previews 4GB SDHC card for mobile phones

By Amber Maitland

SanDisk has been working hard with mobile phone manufacturers to develop the correct memory products for their myriad devices. The company's major new launch is the 4GB microSD High Capacity, or SDHC card, which is currently being tested by major phone... Read more

Virgin Games to launch 3D PC gaming platform

Virgin Games to launch 3D PC gaming platform

By Amber Maitland

There may soon be another big player in the videogames market in the form of Virgin Games and Game Domain International's just-announced 3D PC games platform. Virgin Group's CEO, Richard Branson, is thinking big, comparing it to a videogames version of... Read more

How times have changed ... what's the most important office equipment today?

How times have changed ... what's the most important office equipment today?

By Amber Maitland

The desktop PC and email have been in the top three most important items of office equipment since the 1990s, according to a new survey by YouGov that looks at changing technology in the workspace. In the 1990s, the 56% of those surveyed said the desktop... Read more

AA USBCELL technology coming to mobile phone

AA USBCELL technology coming to mobile phone

By Amber Maitland

The company behind the USB AA batteries that charged via a USB port has announced that it is turning its technology to the mobile phone market. The company, Moixa Energy has announced that it working on a range of mobile phone and PDA batteries, that... Read more

Vodafone and Microsoft to link messenging services

Vodafone and Microsoft to link messenging services

By Amber Maitland

It looks as though Vodafone has stuck its fingers into a lot of pies recently. Today it's released an announcement with Microsoft to say that they're working together to launch a co-branded, seamless Instant Messaging service for PC and mobile. The service... Read more

Vodafone and Skype in voice-to-text deals with SpinVox

Vodafone and Skype in voice-to-text deals with SpinVox

By Amber Maitland

Sending text messages is about to get even easier, thanks to a service from a company called SpinVox, the "Voice-to-Screen messaging experts". Thanks to a new deal with Vodafone UK and a working relationship with Skype, its Spin-my-Vmail voice messaging... Read more

Alienware to give away ten World of Warcraft edition PCs

Alienware to give away ten World of Warcraft edition PCs

By Amber Maitland

Alienware is marking the second anniversary of the launch of MMORPG World of Warcraft with a bumper giveaway promotion.The PC maker has teamed up with games designer Blizzard to give away 10 top-of-the-line Area-51 7500 special edition systems.The Warcraft... Read more

HTC launches HTC Advantage mini computer, S710 and P3350 mobiles

HTC launches HTC Advantage mini computer, S710 and P3350 mobiles

By Amber Maitland

HTC's offering at 3GSM this year includes an unusual hybrid mobile PC/phone as well as two more traditional PDA-type smartphones. The PC notebook, variably called the HTC Advantage, X7500, and T-Mobile Ameo, supports many of the functions of a fully-fledged... Read more

ST1 Bluetooth headset from Bluetrek

ST1 Bluetooth headset from Bluetrek

By Amber Maitland

Bluetrek, whose M2 Bluetooth headset we told you about a few months ago, has launched a dual headset for calling and listening to music. The ST1 is an unusual-looking set of headphones, available in white, black or bronze, with rubber arms. The company... Read more

Yahoo integrates Messenger into Mail

Yahoo integrates Messenger into Mail

By Amber Maitland

Yahoo has announced changes to two of its services, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Go for Mobile 2.0. The company is inserting Yahoo Messenger into the latest version of Yahoo Mail, which is still in beta. The service is rolling out across its network of users... Read more

BlackBerry gets navigation with CoPilot Live

BlackBerry gets navigation with CoPilot Live

By Amber Maitland

The BlackBerry 8800 was arguably the most highly-anticipated of the many devices that are being at 3GSM this week in Barcelona. Manufacturers are scrambling to announce their marketing deals and services for the new device and RIM's line of smartphones.... Read more

T-Mobile cuts data roaming cost for businesspeople

T-Mobile cuts data roaming cost for businesspeople

By Amber Maitland

O2 isn't the only one adjusting its roaming rates today; T-Mobile have also announced changes, this time to their data rates abroad for business customers. All business customers will have their roaming charges slashed, from £7/MB to £3/MB, from the... Read more

British sites are best for UK web users

British sites are best for UK web users

By Amber Maitland

Brits are accustomed to going straight to .co.uk domains when searching for a site, according to a new survey by YouGov. Over 60% of the 2000 or so internet users questioned said that the .co.uk ending will automatically mean that the site they're looking... Read more

O2 adds over 30 countries to My Europe roaming plan

O2 adds over 30 countries to My Europe roaming plan

By Amber Maitland

O2 has announced its expanded the number of countries where it's free to receive calls on any network. The My Europe roaming price plan, which boasts a savings of up to 70% on standard roaming rates, is now available for UK customers in 31 European countries.... Read more

Metadata mistakes with Vista

Metadata mistakes with Vista

By Amber Maitland

Photographers be warned before jumping in with both feet to Microsoft Vista - you might want to reconsider using its metadata editing tools for the time being. The Photo Info tool is designed to make it easy for you to edit the metadata or your image... Read more

PNY launches GeForce 8800 GTS PCI Express card

PNY launches GeForce 8800 GTS PCI Express card

By Amber Maitland

PNY has launched a new graphics card, the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, the third card in its Verto range. Compatible with DirectX10, it promises the best for gamers and those using graphics-hungry applications. "Designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10, this... Read more