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CES 2007: LaCie releases six products, including external Blu-ray burner

CES 2007: LaCie releases six products, including external Blu-ray burner

By Amber Maitland

LaCie, not to be left out of the high-definition furore brewing before CES, has introduced its own external Blu-ray drive, along with five other storage solutions Compatible with both Windows and Mac, and available worldwide, the d2 Blu-ray Drive comes... Read more

Green satnavs could reduce fuel consumption

Green satnavs could reduce fuel consumption

By Amber Maitland

Researchers have come up with a more eco-friendly idea for satnavs. Rather than routing cars on the shortest route, the device routes drivers to roads on which they can travel at the most constant, slow speed. “The most efficient roads are often those... Read more

CES 2007: Hitachi unveils 1TB desktop computer drive

CES 2007: Hitachi unveils 1TB desktop computer drive

By Amber Maitland

Hitachi has announced that it is launching a 3.5-inch 1 terabyte hard disk drive for desktops at the beginning of this year. The company will demonstrate the drive at CES next week. A 3.5-inch TB drive for digital video recorder is also in the pipeline,... Read more

CES 2007: LG announces Blu-ray burner, HD DVD reader

CES 2007: LG announces Blu-ray burner, HD DVD reader

By Amber Maitland

LG's announcement of their standalone HD DVD/Blu-ray player wasn't the end of its hybrid-product releases for CES. The company has now released details about its Super Multi Blue Dual-Format Drive for use in PCs. It supports both read and write functions... Read more

Brits often talk on the phone while naked

Brits often talk on the phone while naked

By Amber Maitland

Brits are quite happy talking on the phone with no clothes on, a new survey from BT Broadband Talk reveals. Nearly half of those surveyed said they were happy to talk to friends and family when naked in their own own home, but this was because the other... Read more

Taiwanese company sues Apple for damages from patent case

Taiwanese company sues Apple for damages from patent case

By Amber Maitland

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Luxpro is suing Apple for $100 million in damages after a court case to stop production of its Shuffle-esque MP3 players was overturned. Apple took Luxpro to court alleging that the company had copied the design of the... Read more

Sony upgrades its Vaio ranges

Sony upgrades its Vaio ranges

By Amber Maitland

Sony has refreshed its Vaio series of computers in time for Spring, adding extra colours to some and upgrading the specs on others. All Vaios will now be supplied with either Vista home Premium or Vista Business. The C2 Series of brightly-coloured laptops... Read more

Toshiba unveils the first HD DVD writer for desktop PCs

Toshiba unveils the first HD DVD writer for desktop PCs

By Amber Maitland

Toshiba, the main backer of the HD DVD format, has launched its first desktop PC HD DVD drive. Toshiba launched an HD DVD-drive equipped laptop last March in the UK, but this is the first drive it has released for use in desktop machines. The SD-H903A... Read more

Magellan launches Crossover GPS road and off-road satnav

Magellan launches Crossover GPS road and off-road satnav

By Amber Maitland

Magellan is debuting its new CrossoverGPS, designed for both driving and boating, at the London Boat Show. The CrossoverGPS comes with street maps and topo maps, and can also function as a boating guide with latitude and longitude coordinates pinpointed.... Read more

Garmin unleashes the Astro 220 dog tracker

Garmin unleashes the Astro 220 dog tracker

By Amber Maitland

The world of hunting is not one that gets paid much attention by the gadget industry, but today the two have met in wonderment over Garmin's Astro GPS Dog Tracking System. Designed for hunters, the GPS device keeps track of up to 10 dogs, all wearing... Read more

Garmin integrates MSN Direct on to new satnavs

Garmin integrates MSN Direct on to new satnavs

By Amber Maitland

Garmin has introduced several new products ahead of CES to enhance its range of satnavs. The first is a vehicle integration box, the VIB 10, designed to hid your StreetPilot C550 and plug it into the vehicle's stereo system to make it seem like a factory-integrated... Read more

Jimmy Carr to perform in Second Life

Jimmy Carr to perform in Second Life

By Amber Maitland

Second Life has just announced its first live comedy show, starring British comedian Jimmy Carr. The gig will take place on 3 February. Carr will perform in London for a small live audience and simultaneously be broadcast in Second Life, also for a small... Read more

CES 2007: BenQ unveils four new projectors at CES

CES 2007: BenQ unveils four new projectors at CES

By Amber Maitland

BenQ has upgraded its digital projector line and has added four new models to the range. The MP721, MP721C, MP611, and MP611C feature similar specifications, but each offers something different so that you can choose the one that suits your needs –... Read more

Roxio launches MyDVD 9 Studio Premier for video editing

Roxio launches MyDVD 9 Studio Premier for video editing

By Amber Maitland

In addition to new audio-editing software, Roxio has also released MyDVD 9 Studio Premier for editing and managing video footage. Reflecting the growing popularity for high-definition camcorder, the latest release support Blu-ray disc burning as well... Read more

Roxio releases RecordNow 9 Music Lab Premier

Roxio releases RecordNow 9 Music Lab Premier

By Amber Maitland

Roxio's latest audio software solution, RecordNow 9 Music Lab Premier, helps you to edit, create, and manage your music or audio files. The program, which is Vista-compatible, includes features like a tool for removing noise from analogue recordings,... Read more

ITV's broadband portal to go live in March

ITV's broadband portal to go live in March

By Amber Maitland

ITV today released details about its planned broadband portal, which will offer free content streamed via PC. The portal will go live in March, and will feature most of ITV's programming from its four channels for free. This separates it from Channel... Read more

Hannspree unveils Style range of TVs

Hannspree unveils Style range of TVs

By Amber Maitland

Hannspree, the makers of plush children's TVs, are extending their range to encompass a line dubbed Style. In a departure from convention, Hannspree has created TVs that either look very retro or super modern, but none that you could call boring black.... Read more

Toshiba launches small portable hard drive range

Toshiba launches small portable hard drive range

By Amber Maitland

Toshiba has unveiled a new line of portable hard drive storage designed to provide easy back up on the go. The new and imaginatively-named USB2.0 Portable External Hard Drive line incorporates Toshiba's 2.5-inch HDDs, and is bundled with NTI Shadow backup... Read more

Samsung unveils world's first double-sided LCD screen

Samsung unveils world's first double-sided LCD screen

By Amber Maitland

Manufacturers are warming us up to CES slowly ahead of the onslaught of new products that will be on display. Samsung has rather proudly claimed the “world's first” title for double-sided LCDs, an example of which will be on display at – you guessed... Read more

Digital pet encourages children to keep fit

Digital pet encourages children to keep fit

By Amber Maitland

One company is combining the appeal of digital pets with the pull of online social networking in order to help children keep fit. Futurelabs has developed Fizzee, a Tamagotchi-style digital pet that is worn around the wrist like a watch. Although only... Read more

CES 2007: Warner Brothers to debut HD DVD Blu-ray hybrid disc at CES

CES 2007: Warner Brothers to debut HD DVD Blu-ray hybrid disc at CES

By Amber Maitland

LG has stolen the limelight today by announcing the imminent launch of its dual-format HD DVD Blu-ray player on the same day as Warner Brothers has released details of its upcoming Total HD disc, which combines Blu-ray and HD DVD into one. News of the... Read more

SanDisk releases 32GB flash-based SSD drive for laptops

SanDisk releases 32GB flash-based SSD drive for laptops

By Amber Maitland

SanDisk has announced the release of its 32GB, 1.8-inch solid state flash memory drive for notebook computers. The company is marketing it to enterprise customers at the moment, and believes it's the ideal replacement for hard disk drives as a more reliable... Read more

Adobe to release Production Studio for Intel-based Macs

Adobe to release Production Studio for Intel-based Macs

By Amber Maitland

Adobe has announced that its next release of the Production Studio suite of software will be available for both Windows and Intel-based Macs. Production Studio is Adobe's video post-production suite, which encompasses Premier Pro, Encore DVD, Photoshop,... Read more

LG announce dual-format HD DVD and Blu-ray player

LG announce dual-format HD DVD and Blu-ray player

By Amber Maitland

One of the big players in the home entertainment hardware industry finally worked up the courage to announce a dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray disc player. LG will officially launch the player next week at CES in Las Vegas, and until then will not release... Read more

Acer beat HP for laptop sales market share in EMEA

Acer beat HP for laptop sales market share in EMEA

By Amber Maitland

The most popular notebook computer manufacturers are losing ground to smaller, newer companies, research from DisplaySearch reveals.HP led the market during the third quarter of 2006, with 17.7% of the worldwide market, but unexpectedly, Acer was the... Read more

Fujifilm updates entry-level range with A800 and A610

Fujifilm updates entry-level range with A800 and A610

By Amber Maitland

In addition to the F40fd, Fujifilm has also released the FinePix A610 and the A800 to its entry-level series. Like the F40fd, both cameras feature dual memory card slots for xD and SD cards, to make storage more flexible. In addition, they both features... Read more

Fujifilm replaces the F30fd with the F40fd

Fujifilm replaces the F30fd with the F40fd

By Amber Maitland

Fujifilm has released three new compact cameras just in time for CES next week. Two are new additions to the company's A-series of entry-level cameras; the third is the fourth Fujifilm model with Face Detection technology. The FinePix F40fd comes with... Read more

Pentax launch optio E30 digital camera

Pentax launch optio E30 digital camera

By Amber Maitland

As we reported, Pentax has announced the launch of a new compact camera ahead of CES 2007 in America next week. The Optio E30 will offer 7.1 effective megapixels for exceptional high-resolution photography. The camera features a 2.4-inch LCD monitor,... Read more

The Cloud Wi-Fi offers Channel 4 Radio to Sony PSP users

The Cloud Wi-Fi offers Channel 4 Radio to Sony PSP users

By Amber Maitland

Channel 4 Radio and The Cloud have announced a deal that offers Sony PSP users radio programming from 4Radio via Wi-Fi. Launched to coincide with the beginning of Celebrity Big Brother on 3 January, 4Radio will provide radio programming designed especially... Read more

New lawsuit charges Apple over stock option handling

New lawsuit charges Apple over stock option handling

By Amber Maitland

Apple's legal troubles over its alleged stock options backdating are just beginning. A report todays says that the company is being sued by a shareholder who claims Apple granted four executives stock options the day before Microsoft's investment in the... Read more

Latest iPod speaker radio - George

Latest iPod speaker radio - George

By Amber Maitland

And voila, our first iPod speaker system of the year is the George. The first product from Chestnut Hill Sound, this neat little white box features a detachable remote control that functions as the units control panel when attacked. The rather chunky... Read more

Open University launches digital photography course

Open University launches digital photography course

By Amber Maitland

The Open University has launched a new course for amateur photographers or those just entering the digital age. Digital Photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images couldn't come at a better time, with plenty of people receiving digital camera kit... Read more

Proof-of-concept code found for MMS vulnerability

Proof-of-concept code found for MMS vulnerability

By Amber Maitland

It is now been proven possible to spread malware via MMS messages from device to device rather than via a PC. Colin Mulliner, after waiting for six months for a reply from Microsoft about his findings, published proof-of-concept exploits of MMS vulnerabilities... Read more

Month of Apple Bugs kicks off with QuickTime flaw

Month of Apple Bugs kicks off with QuickTime flaw

By Amber Maitland

The Month of Apple Bugs project kicked off with a security flaw in QuickTime that affects both Mac and Windows versions of the software. The researchers behind the project are publishing 31 flaws on consecutive days during January apparently just to show... Read more

Nokia, Samsung, and Panasonic sued for patent infringement

Nokia, Samsung, and Panasonic sued for patent infringement

By Amber Maitland

Apple isn't the only one facing patent disputes at the moment. Nokia, Samsung, and Panasonic are all named in a lawsuit over Bluetooth technology brought by The Washington Research Foundation. The institute named products that used Bluetooth chips made... Read more

Apple faces Nike+ iPod patent lawsuit

Apple faces Nike+ iPod patent lawsuit

By Amber Maitland

Apple is facing a number of class-action lawsuits in the US that were filed toward the end of last year. Apart from the continuing investigation into stock option backdating allegations, Apple is also fighting off a case that claims Apple has created... Read more

Xbox 360 outsells Wii and PS3

Xbox 360 outsells Wii and PS3

By Amber Maitland

Analysts at research firm NPD have released their findings on sales of games consoles in the US, and the numbers show that the Xbox 360 outsold both the Wii and the PS3. According to a video report on CNBC, around 2 million Xbox 360s were sold between... Read more

Apple teases fans with website message

Apple teases fans with website message

By Amber Maitland

Apple has posted a rather odd teaser to its UK and US websites ahead of its MacWorld expo in San Francisco next week. The website simply reads “The first 30 years were just the beginning. Welcome to 2007”. The image is one of the Apple logo lit up... Read more

Pentax launches DSmobile 600 Scanner

Pentax launches DSmobile 600 Scanner

By Amber Maitland

Pentax has introduced a new portable scanner that seems to be available only in the US at the moment. The DSmobile 600 is a slim and compact 600dpi colour scanner that promises to provide greater speeds than previous mobile scanners. It measures only... Read more

BT connects 10 million to broadband

BT connects 10 million to broadband

By Amber Maitland

BT has released its figures for broadband connections and has actually delivered double the number of connections that were forecast for 2006. The company set a target of 5 million connections by the end of 2006 in April 2002, but actually delivered 10... Read more

Jabra unveils BT125 Bluetooth headset

Jabra unveils BT125 Bluetooth headset

By Amber Maitland

Jabra, makers of various mobile audio accessories, has launched a new, lightweight headset, the Jabra BT125. It weights just 14g, so that you'll hardly know you're wearing it. With one charge, the Bluetooth headset offers up to 8 hours talk time and up... Read more

X-Factor the most popular show amongst Sky+ users

X-Factor the most popular show amongst Sky+ users

By Amber Maitland

Sky has made a rather triumphant announcement to start off the new year, that the total number of Sky+ boxes installed has reached more than 2 million. To accompany that bit of news, the company has also released the findings from its Sky View panel,... Read more

Ford and Microsoft to announce Wi-Fi in-car partnership

Ford and Microsoft to announce Wi-Fi in-car partnership

By Amber Maitland

Microsoft and Ford are set to announce a partnership to expand wireless connectivity in Ford's lineup of cars, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Called Sync, the Wi-Fi connectivity will give Ford vehicles owners the possibility to make... Read more

One Laptop Per Child project expects a summer launch

One Laptop Per Child project expects a summer launch

By Amber Maitland

Nicholas Negroponte is drumming up more media hype about his One Laptop Per Child project, saying that the machines could reach users in developing countries by July. Brazil, Argentine, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand have all ordered units,... Read more

New Trojan virus detected on the web

New Trojan virus detected on the web

By Amber Maitland

New year, new virus. Malware code writers have taken advantage of the change of the year to send out worm-laden emails with the subject “Happy New Year”. If the attachment is opened, it downloads malware on to the machine and uses it as a tool to... Read more

Griffin raises your laptop with the Elevator

Griffin raises your laptop with the Elevator

By Amber Maitland

Got a crick in your neck already from staring at the computer screen? Griffin is starting off the new year with a product to ease your neck ache – the Elevator desktop stand for laptops. Elevator is a simple aluminium frame that uses a crossbar to hold... Read more

2006 in review, part 12

2006 in review, part 12

By Amber Maitland

The final part of our year in review contains the last, rather eclectic stories at the end of the year. As we said in the last edition, Microsoft unveiled its Zune in the US, and it was revealed that, strangely, the player isn't yet compatible with Vista,... Read more

2006 in review, part 11

2006 in review, part 11

By Amber Maitland

As the grey winter set in during November and December, major product launches slowed down considerably, although the release of two next-generation games consoles kept tech writers busy. The Nintendo Wii was declared a resounding success in Japan, the... Read more

2006 in review, part 10

2006 in review, part 10

By Amber Maitland

In the home entertainment sector, Toshiba and Memory-Tech announced the development of what they believed could be a bridge technology to high-definition: a triple/layer disc capable of storing data to be played on both DVD players and HD DVD players.... Read more

2006 in review, part 9

2006 in review, part 9

By Amber Maitland

As the runup to Christmas really hotted up, unique mobile phones and new cameras to tempt the shopping crowds cropped up every other day. Nokia added to its range of style phones with the L'Amour collection and a new Sirocco slider phone, as well as the... Read more