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Scientists plan nose scanners

Scientists plan nose scanners

By Duncan Geere

Scientists at the University of Bath are working on new technology that uses your nose to verify your identity. Working on the principle that everyone's sniffer is unique, the system scans the shape of noses in three dimensions to determine if you are... Read more

Sky to buy 15,000 3DTVs from LG

Sky to buy 15,000 3DTVs from LG

By Duncan Geere

LG has revealed that it'll be supplying a huge pile of 3DTVs to broadcaster BSkyB in Britain, who'll be installing them in pubs across the UK in advance of its plans to show football in 3D starting in spring 2010.15000 sets will get installed, presumably... Read more

Facebook surpasses Google in US?

Facebook surpasses Google in US?

By Duncan Geere

Is it possible to beat Google at the traffic game? For many years, the search giant has been at the top of the charts, but if reports coming in from Hitwise are correct, we may have a new king of the castle, and associated dirty rascal.For some time now,... Read more

Nokia C6 due in the summer?

Nokia C6 due in the summer?

By Duncan Geere

We're hearing word that Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia will be introducing a new handset this summer - the Nokia C6. It's still just a rumour at this stage, but early suggestions that it could resemble the E72 have been replaced with indications that... Read more

National Trust launches iPhone App

National Trust launches iPhone App

By Duncan Geere

The National Trust has continued its march into the 21st Century by launching an iPhone application. The charity, which works to preserve and care for more than 300 properties across the UK, has worked in the past with Google Street View to make its houses... Read more

Spotifind turns your MP3 collection into Spotify links

Spotifind turns your MP3 collection into Spotify links

By Duncan Geere

Many people who try Spotify find that they rapidly shift all their music listening over to it. As it's often quicker to find a particular track in Spotify than to sift through a huge folder of MP3s, the latter sometimes gets dumped in favour of searching... Read more

Augmented Reality for Yellow Pages app

Augmented Reality for Yellow Pages app

By Duncan Geere

Yell has issued an update to its iPhone application which adds Augmented Reality. If you're unfamiliar with the term, then imagine an overlay on life that marks points of interest, shops and businesses. Using the iPhone's camera, GPS and compass, Yell... Read more

Plantronics builds creepy Wall of Ears

Plantronics builds creepy Wall of Ears

By Duncan Geere

Back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Plantronics revealed a whole pile of headsets of various sorts - Bluetooth, multimedia, voice. But to make all that stuff, the company has to have a good idea of the human ear, and how it changes between different... Read more

Firebox offers Wi-Fi bathroom scales

Firebox offers Wi-Fi bathroom scales

By Duncan Geere

Firebox has announced that it's now selling a set of Wi-Fi bathroom scales which will allow you to track your weight and body mass data, as well as uploading it to the Web. We're not quite convinced by that last bit.The scales can track and keep data... Read more

First registered website hits 25th birthday

First registered website hits 25th birthday

By Duncan Geere

Light the candles and clear your throat, for we're about to sing happy birthday to Symbolics.com, the very first domain to be registered on the Web, on 15 March 1985. Despite the computer manufacturer being long-gone, the website hosted by the company... Read more

Sony announces RF4000K, RF810RK headphones

Sony announces RF4000K, RF810RK headphones

By Duncan Geere

Sony has dropped us word of two pairs of wireless headphones that it'll be releasing in April. There's the MDR-RF4000K, and the MDR-RF810RK, but for some reason the company seems far more excited about the RF4000K, so let's look at those first.The styling... Read more

Next DS to have GameCube's power?

Next DS to have GameCube's power?

By Duncan Geere

Some little titbits of information have emerged at the Games Developers Conference about Nintendo's next move in the handheld gaming space. Rumours suggest that the successor to the hugely-successful DS will retain its pair of screens and have performance... Read more

Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset
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Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset

By Duncan Geere

14 million people across the world subscribe every month to World of Warcraft - a massively-mulitplayer online role-playing-game set in the world of Azeroth. That's more than the population of Greece. As a result, there's a growing market of devices targeted... Read more

Web bosses delay .xxx decision

Web bosses delay .xxx decision

By Duncan Geere

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN as it's known to its friends, has announced that it's postponing a decision on whether websites will be able to register a .xxx domain until JuneProponents of the creation of the domain say... Read more

Gmail vows to fix slowness problems

Gmail vows to fix slowness problems

By Duncan Geere

At the SxSWi festival in Austin, Texas, Google has admitted that Gmail can be too slow, but promised to fix that, as well as throwing a bone to people who get irritated switching between a regular Google account and a Google Apps account.Googler Jonathan... Read more

Vodafone UK getting HTC Desire

Vodafone UK getting HTC Desire

By Duncan Geere

The HTC Desire is turning out to be the mobile equivalent of the village bike - every operator's getting a ride. The latest to announce UK availability for the handset is Vodafone. The network had previously only said it'd be coming to Europe. Interestingly,... Read more

Tweetsii launched by GyPSii

Tweetsii launched by GyPSii

By Duncan Geere

GyPSii has announced the launch of Tweetsii - an iPhone app that lets you see who's tweeting nearby, and also access information on what there is to see and do in any particular area.Tweetsii hooks into other location-based networks like Foursquare and... Read more

Green Day Rock Band gets release date

Green Day Rock Band gets release date

By Duncan Geere

Harmonix may have just announced Rock Band 3, but before that arrives there's the small matter of Green Day Rock Band for the company to contend with. The title, which we first heard word of back in December, will be arriving on shelves on 8 June.That... Read more

Google Wave gets extensions

Google Wave gets extensions

By Duncan Geere

In summer 2009, Google launched Wave - a communications platform that seemingly everyone in the world clamoured for an invite to, then abandoned when they actually got an invite due to the platform's slow, slightly buggy and confusing nature.But the search... Read more

Late nights with energy shots

Late nights with energy shots

By Duncan Geere

You might be familiar, if you've wandered into a supermarket or cornershop recently, with Relentless energy drinks - a brown cannister that offers the same kind of kick as a can of Red Bull. But recently, the company unveiled a new product - the Relentless... Read more

Mozilla testing Firefox account manager

Mozilla testing Firefox account manager

By Duncan Geere

One of the nice things about open-source software development is that you can see what features will be in the next version of a product far in advance - there's no Apple-like secrecy. In latest test builds of Firefox, it looks like Mozilla is planning... Read more

More HTC Incredible details emerge

More HTC Incredible details emerge

By Duncan Geere

Back at the start of February, some spy photos arrived of a handset calling itself the HTC Incredible, destined for Verizon in the States. It promises Android 2.1, and could be the face of the HTC Legend in the US.However, a few specs and screenshots... Read more

Google Mobile Product Search gets stock dots

Google Mobile Product Search gets stock dots

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced a small but powerful update to its mobile product search engine - blue dots which indicate stock status in stores near you. However, it's limited to certain - US-only - retailers, including Best Buy, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery... Read more

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

By Duncan Geere

Since the days of DOS, hard drives have always been comprised of blocks of data 512 bytes in size that are read in a chunk. But that's to change in early 2010, as storage manufacturers have agreed to shift to a format that instead applies 4096 byte chunks.... Read more

Facebook to sue Daily Mail?

Facebook to sue Daily Mail?

By Duncan Geere

Facebook is reportedly considering legal action following a front page spread in the Daily Mail that was headlined: "I posed as a girl of 14 on Facebook. What follows will sicken you".What followed was an article by a former child-protection expert Mark... Read more

Motorola flees to Bing in Android deal

Motorola flees to Bing in Android deal

By Duncan Geere

Following Google's noisy exit from China in January, Motorola's been wondering what to do about the handsets that it's planning to launch in the country in 2010. It can't run Google Search or Google Maps any longer, so instead it's jumped into the arms... Read more

Panasonic 3DTV goes on sale in US

Panasonic 3DTV goes on sale in US

By Duncan Geere

Panasonic has confirmed that it's begun selling its first 3DTV models in the United States in conjunction with Best Buy. The retailer is offering bundles that include a Panasonic 3DTV as well as one of the company's 3D Blu-ray players.To be precise, the... Read more

Spotify for Android updated

Spotify for Android updated

By Duncan Geere

If you're a Spotify for Android user, fire up the marketplace on your handset because an update has just been rolled out. Version 0.3.26 is now available for your downloading pleasure.The update brings a few new features - there's integration with Android's... Read more

Kindle app coming for Android?

Kindle app coming for Android?

By Duncan Geere

It appears that the Android platform might also be getting a Kindle book reader app, if leaked promotional documents for Dell's Mini 5 are accurate. The promotional material describes a number of features for the handset, including "Kindle book reader... Read more

BenQ reveals 5 V-series monitors

BenQ reveals 5 V-series monitors

By Duncan Geere

BenQ has announced a small stack of computer monitors, for those of you considering upgrading from an old CRT. They run the gamut from 18.5-inch to 24-inch, and offer what BenQ calls "class-leading slimness" - 14mm or 15mm depending on the display size.All... Read more

Opera comes to Android

Opera comes to Android

By Duncan Geere

Opera has expanded its range of mobile phone browsers to include Android, a plan confirmed by CEO Jon von Tetzchner back in August. A beta is now available in the Android Market for Opera Mini 5, and can be found simply by searching for "Opera", or by... Read more

Street View rolls out nationwide

Street View rolls out nationwide

By Duncan Geere

Google's Street View service has been available in 25 cities in Britain for some time, but the company is about to announce a major expansion - to the entirety of the UK - more than 238,000 miles of road.In 2006, the Ordnance Survey concluded that the... Read more

Microsoft to launch iPlayer rival

Microsoft to launch iPlayer rival

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft is all set for an imminent launch of its online video player which offers full TV shows in Britain, in a similar way to the BBC's iPlayer. Unlike the iPlayer, however, it won't be just restricted to catch-up episodes - you'll be able to watch... Read more

New York gets 8-bit mapping project

New York gets 8-bit mapping project

By Duncan Geere

A coder called Bret Camper has built an 8-bit map of New York City and put it online for people to explore in a Google Maps-esque style. He says that it's an attempt to "make the city feel foreign yet familiar".It's been created using a custom rendering... Read more

Rock Band 3 confirmed, due Christmas 2010

Rock Band 3 confirmed, due Christmas 2010

By Duncan Geere

Harmonix looks set to keep on expanding its Rock Band franchise, officially announcing Rock Band 3, which will be coming out in time for Christmas 2010. It'll be created by Harmonix, published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts.The company... Read more

ARM: Over 50 tablets will launch in 2010

ARM: Over 50 tablets will launch in 2010

By Duncan Geere

If predictions from Roy Chen, processor-maker ARM's worldwide mobile computing ODM manager, come true then we're going to see a whole lot of tablet computers in 2010. The exec said that he reckons there'll be more than 50 launched globally this year."The... Read more

Star Wars fan crochets Amigurumis

Star Wars fan crochets Amigurumis

By Duncan Geere

An enterprising lady by the name of Lucy has been busy - she's crocheted the entire cast of Star Wars as Amigurumis - R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Vader, Han Solo, Yoda, Luke, Leia, a stormtrooper and an Ewok.They're not for sale, but if you have a modicum... Read more

Ballmer lauds iPhone App Store

Ballmer lauds iPhone App Store

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has issued a rare pat on the back to arch-rivals Apple, complimenting it for the job it's done on the App Store. The CEO said: "Apple's done a very nice job that allows people to monetize and commercialize their intellectual... Read more

Twitter to run all links through anti-phishing filter

Twitter to run all links through anti-phishing filter

By Duncan Geere

Twitter, hurt by a recent spate of phishing attacks, has revealed plans to run all links through a filter to make sure that they don't contain anything nasty. The service scans any link posted, and if it's iffy then it'll be rejected.It also means that... Read more

Alienware M11x notebook
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Alienware M11x notebook

By Duncan Geere

When we first heard word of the Alienware M11x, we raised an eyebrow. The company, famous for its mammoth gaming machines claimed it was planning the world's most powerful ultra-portable laptop, with an 11-inch screen but the ability to play Crysis. Surely... Read more

Businesses get Google Apps Marketplace

Businesses get Google Apps Marketplace

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced a business-oriented cloud software store which it's calling the Google Apps Marketplace. The service allows businesses using its Google Apps software to install plugins that allow them to access cloud-based productivity applications.Google... Read more

Facebook, Twitter to unveil location features

Facebook, Twitter to unveil location features

By Duncan Geere

Both Twitter and Facebook have been playing around with location-based features for their respective social networks, according to a series of reports that suggest they may be planning to launch functionality that shares where you are within the first... Read more

Vodafone HTC Magic comes with malware?

Vodafone HTC Magic comes with malware?

By Duncan Geere

Security software company Panda claims to have identified that brand new HTC Magic phones distributed by Vodafone might be carrying and distributing malware without the user's knowledge. The company has written a blog post claiming that a brand new Spanish... Read more

Creative reveals HS-930i and Aurvana In-Ear 2 earbuds

Creative reveals HS-930i and Aurvana In-Ear 2 earbuds

By Duncan Geere

Creative has just dropped us word, on Twitter of all places, of a couple of pairs of new earbuds - the HS-930i and the Aurvana In-Ear 2s. The former is designed for the iPhone and features an in-line microphone, and the latter are an update of the original... Read more

Jays offers a-Jays earbuds

Jays offers a-Jays earbuds

By Duncan Geere

Swedish headphone manufacturer Jays has announced a new set of earbuds - the a-Jays. They come in three differently-priced variants named a-Jays One, a-Jays Two and - you guessed it - a-Jays Three.All three of the earphone models have the same sized speaker... Read more

Asus reveals Cine5 PC Speaker

Asus reveals Cine5 PC Speaker

By Duncan Geere

Asus has announced what it claims is the smallest 5-channel PC soundbar in the world. The Cine5, as it's called, could offer a nice alternative to people who have a stack of speakers positioned all around their room.It comes with several 3.5mm jacks for... Read more

Warner makes Dailymotion video deal

Warner makes Dailymotion video deal

By Duncan Geere

You might remember a few weeks back when Warner Music, one of the four major record labels, went postal over ad-supported music and threatened to take its ball and go home. Well, the company has just signed a deal to provide ad-supported music videos... Read more

Acer planning frameless laptop?

Acer planning frameless laptop?

By Duncan Geere

Digitimes is reporting that Acer has plans to build a rather revolutionary-sounding new laptop which doesn't have a back casing on its screen - it uses the back of the screen's glass substrate instead.The plan uses toughened glass from Corning - which... Read more

Android coming to set-top boxes?

Android coming to set-top boxes?

By Duncan Geere

Google appears to be considering expanding its Android mobile platform into the world of set-top boxes, as reports come in that the search giant is allowing its employees to test a "TV search" service with US cable provider Dish Network.It allows users... Read more

Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

By Duncan Geere

You might be familiar with Chatroulette, a website which has been making waves by allowing you to webcam chat with random strangers across the world. If you're not, and you're feeling brave, go and try it now at chatroulette.com.Inspired by his experiences... Read more