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Pixel Qi offers DIY screen replacement kits

Pixel Qi offers DIY screen replacement kits

By Duncan Geere

Display company Pixel Qi has announced that it'll shortly begin selling DIY kits to convert your laptop's display into one of its transflective screens. On its blog, the company said that performing the conversion is "only slightly more difficult than... Read more

Apple patents door-unlocking iKey

Apple patents door-unlocking iKey

By Duncan Geere

US technology manufacturer Apple has revealed that it's working on functionality that'd allow you to unlock doors using your mobile phone or a similar gadget. The hardware and software giant filed a patent (PDF link) for a device that uses near-field... Read more

Google to integrate Buzz and Latitude?

Google to integrate Buzz and Latitude?

By Duncan Geere

Back in 2007, Google launched Latitude - a GPS-based system which keeps track of your location and allows friends that you'd carefully selected to see where you are. More recently, when Google launched Buzz, it also launched a mobile application which... Read more

Sony Reveals BDP-S470 and BDP-S570 3D Blu-ray players

Sony Reveals BDP-S470 and BDP-S570 3D Blu-ray players

By Duncan Geere

Sony has announced a pair of 3D Blu-ray players which combine with the various 3DTVs making it to market in 2010 to deliver movie content in three dimensions to your living room. There's the BDP-S470 and the BDP-S570.The two models both offer DLNA functionality,... Read more

Virgin Media to get Film4 in HD

Virgin Media to get Film4 in HD

By Duncan Geere

Telecoms provider Virgin Media has announced that its customers will be the first to get access to Film4 HD when it begins broadcast in summer 2010. The channel will be making the movie to HD alongside E4, which will also be coming to set-top boxes around... Read more

Wind-up powerstrip concept suggested

Wind-up powerstrip concept suggested

By Duncan Geere

Yanko Design is showcasing a wind-up power socket, which allows users to set devices to turn off after a period of time. That could be useful for setting your phone charger to consume less power, or for tightly enforcing TV time for youngsters.It's easy... Read more

O2 updates iPhone tariff to include video calls

O2 updates iPhone tariff to include video calls

By Duncan Geere

Apple websites are reporting that O2 has made a small tweak to its iPhone tariffs over the weekend, updating them to include a cost for "video calls" - which happens to be the same as for voice calls. The update lends weight to rumours that the next iPhone... Read more

Internet access is a right, poll claims

Internet access is a right, poll claims

By Duncan Geere

A poll of more than 27,000 people across 26 countries has revealed that 79% of people consider internet access to be a "fundamental right". The survey, conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of the BBC, found agreement with the UN's mission for universal web... Read more

First iPad commercial aired in the US

First iPad commercial aired in the US

By Duncan Geere

Apple has shown its first television advert for the iPad, mere weeks before its release. It was aired during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in the USA, which Jobs himself was attending.The video shows off various iPad features, including the photo viewing,... Read more

Gmail gets Xobni-like sidebar

Gmail gets Xobni-like sidebar

By Duncan Geere

Perhaps you love Xobni, the plugin for Outlook which pulls in data and statistics about your contacts and displays them in a handy toolbar. Perhaps you also love Gmail, Google's webmail client that offers a boatload of storage and access from anywhere... Read more

Teletext offers iPhone apps

Teletext offers iPhone apps

By Duncan Geere

Teletext has announced a quintet of mobile applications to try and replace the gap left in our hearts by the demise of its television service. There's one for jobs, one for holidays, one for property, one for communities and one for cars.We'll go through... Read more

Twitter hits 10 billion tweets

Twitter hits 10 billion tweets

By Duncan Geere

Twitter has hit its 10,000,000,000th tweet, only five months after it hit its 5 billionth. The microblogging site, which has gone from strength to strength since taking off at the start of 2009, hit the milestone at about 1am GMT on 5 March 2010.Tracking... Read more

Xbox says "it's okay to be gay"

Xbox says "it's okay to be gay"

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has made some changes to its Xbox Live code of conduct to permit users to express certain personal details on their profile which they weren't previously allowed to.Until the change, users were banned by Microsoft from expressing their race,... Read more

YouTube gets site-wide auto-captioning

YouTube gets site-wide auto-captioning

By Duncan Geere

YouTube has announced that it's rolling out auto-captioning across its entire whole website. The feature uses speech detection algorithms to enable a computer to transcribe the content of videos into text - useful for those with hearing impairment.It... Read more

Bluetooth 4.0 to arrive before end of year

Bluetooth 4.0 to arrive before end of year

By Duncan Geere

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced that version 4.0 of the specification could start showing up in devices such as headsets, smartphones and laptops  before the end of the year.The new version should be able to be used in considerably... Read more

Modern Warfare developers sue Activision

Modern Warfare developers sue Activision

By Duncan Geere

Simmering tensions between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developers Infinity Ward and publishers Activision have exploded into a fully-fledged fight, with the lawyers representing studio bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella filing a lawsuit against... Read more

Microsoft touts "different" Windows Phone 7

Microsoft touts "different" Windows Phone 7

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has gone on an offensive to try and win back developer support on its Windows Phone platform. Tellingly, the main thrust of the attack is on how "different" the platform is compared to the old versions of Windows Mobile.In a lengthy blog post... Read more

First photos surface of Project Pink

First photos surface of Project Pink

By Duncan Geere

The first few photos of Microsoft's "Project Pink" handset have found their way onto the Web. Like every spy shot ever, they're blurry and free of detail, but appear to depict a landscape QWERTY slider with an interesting black and green colour scheme.... Read more

Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover

Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover

By Duncan Geere

If there was ever a bit of software in dramatic need of a little bit of sexing up, it'd be Linux. For some time, the open-source OS has had a little bit of an image problem - seen as the operating system of choice for beardy coding types. That image wasn't... Read more

Logitech unveils Laptop Speaker Z205

Logitech unveils Laptop Speaker Z205

By Duncan Geere

Logitech has announced a product which could help those of you who find the speakers on your laptop far too tinny and weedy for really enjoying music, movies and games. It's called the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z205.The device, which contains a pair of... Read more

Google adds stars to search

Google adds stars to search

By Duncan Geere

Google has made a small change to its search engine, adding the ability for users to "star" certain results for later. The idea is to make your results more personalized, allowing the company to get a better grip on what you're searching for if you enter... Read more

Apple pulls Wi-Fi detection apps

Apple pulls Wi-Fi detection apps

By Duncan Geere

Apple has suddenly and inexplicably subjected the App Store to its whims, once more. This time around, it's Wi-Fi hotspot detecting apps that have been removed from sale.Apple hasn't given the developers of the removed applications much clue as to what... Read more

Penguin demos iPad books

Penguin demos iPad books

By Duncan Geere

Penguin has laid out some of the ways in which the iPad could be used to present ebooks in a presentation given by CEO John Makinson. There's some interesting ideas in there, including the ability to use the iPad's accelerometers, and to connect to a... Read more

Microsoft releases first Android app

Microsoft releases first Android app

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has rolled out its first Android application, to go alongside its small stable of iPhone apps. The company has released an Android port of its Tag app, which allows users to access information stored in its special barcode format.It's a bit... Read more

Google Exec: Desktops will be redundant in 3 years

Google Exec: Desktops will be redundant in 3 years

By Duncan Geere

A senior Google executive has forecast that the humble desktop PC will be redundant within 3 years, and mobile will emerge as the primary screen from which people will get their news, information and entertainment.Google Europe boss and head of sales,... Read more

Samsung expands H-series of camcorders

Samsung expands H-series of camcorders

By Duncan Geere

Samsung has announced that it's expanding its H-series lineup to include four new full HD camcorders. There's the  HMX-H200, HMX-203, HMX-H204, and HMX-H205. All of them include Samsung's new BSI CMOS imaging sensor, which it reckons excels in low... Read more

Valve's Steam platform coming to Macs?

Valve's Steam platform coming to Macs?

By Duncan Geere

Valve appears to be dropping hints to a collection of websites that its Steam platform will shortly be available for Mac users. Steam currently dominates the PC retail market, allowing users to buy and download games from their computers, rather than... Read more

Android to get gesture recognition

Android to get gesture recognition

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced a new Labs application for its Android operating system. It's called Gesture Search, and allows you to draw letters on your touchscreen to search through content on your device. It works like the universal search - meaning that you... Read more

Asus announces most pretentious router ever

Asus announces most pretentious router ever

By Duncan Geere

Asus has launched what appears to be a tray in a spaceship designed circa 1974. Not content with a ridiculous silvery-grey metallic sheen, the company has added a quilting effect on the case, and a star filter on the lights that wouldn't look out of place... Read more

Acer updates laptop ranges with Core CPUs

Acer updates laptop ranges with Core CPUs

By Duncan Geere

Acer has unveiled a whole host of laptops at CeBIT 2010 - a technology tradeshow in Hannover, Germany. There's the Acer Aspire 8942, Acer Aspire 5942, Acer TravelMate 6594, Acer TravelMate 7740, Acer TravelMate 5740, and the Acer TravelMate 8x72. Almost... Read more

Asus exhibits Xonar Xense headset

Asus exhibits Xonar Xense headset

By Duncan Geere

At the CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Asus has announced a range of gaming products. Of particular note is the mildly-unpronounceable Xonar Xense headset - which is a combo soundcard and pair of gaming headphones.It's able to push out a startling... Read more

O!Play HD2 announced by Asus

O!Play HD2 announced by Asus

By Duncan Geere

At the CeBIT 2010 tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Asus has announced a whole pile of products with USB 3.0 interfaces, allowing transfer speeds almost 10 times faster than the 2.0 standard.The latest is the Asus O!Play HD2 - a media streamer to complement... Read more

Asus unveils DR-900 E-Reader

Asus unveils DR-900 E-Reader

By Duncan Geere

At the CeBIT 2010 technology tradeshow, Asus has unveiled the DR-900 - an e-Reader product that joins similar models from the company's technological rivals.We know some information - it'll have a SiPix 9-inch e-paper touchscreen display, a profile about... Read more

Asus reveals next-gen Eee PCs

Asus reveals next-gen Eee PCs

By Duncan Geere

At the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany, Asus has unveiled the next lot of Eee PC netbooks that it'll be thrusting upon the world. There's the Eee PC 1018P, the Eee PC Seashell 1015 range and the Eee PC 1016P.The Eee PC 1018P has a metal shell, with a mere... Read more

Spotify CEO rubbishes cannibalisation claims

Spotify CEO rubbishes cannibalisation claims

By Duncan Geere

Spotify's CEO, Daniel Ek, has taken to the stage at a Financial Times conference in London and told the audience that his company is most resolutely not killing music.The charge has been levelled at the service, which offers free streaming in exchange... Read more

Samsung Diva hits the shelves

Samsung Diva hits the shelves

By Duncan Geere

Samsung has announced that its "Diva" handset, the S7070, is now available from UK shops. It comes with a white embossed quilted back cover, and a diamond-shaped crystal button on the front.There's heavy social network integration with MySpace and Facebook,... Read more

CoPilot updates iPhone app

CoPilot updates iPhone app

By Duncan Geere

CoPilot has announced an updated version of its iPhone application, which features a few improvements to the satnav experience. There's local search, updating of your Facebook, and adjustable music volume settings.The local search uses your GPS location... Read more

TalkTalk upgrades all customers to 24Mbps

TalkTalk upgrades all customers to 24Mbps

By Duncan Geere

TalkTalk has announced that over the next 4 months, all of its customers will be upgraded to a 24Mbps connection - meaning that they'll get pretty much the fastest web speeds that their phone line can support.The company promises that there'll be no extra... Read more

Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot

Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot

By Duncan Geere

A web designer, Richard Quick, has filed a complaint with the EC about the browser ballot screen that is rolling out, offering users a choice between which software they use to navigate the Web. He says that half the options on offer are just Internet... Read more

Facebook increases photo sizes

Facebook increases photo sizes

By Duncan Geere

Facebook has announced on its blog that it's finally rolled out the increase in image sizes that it promised back at the end of January. Previously, images were limited to a max of 604 pixels, but that's being raised almost 20% to a whopping 720 pixels.The... Read more

BlackBerry Slider spotted in spy shots

BlackBerry Slider spotted in spy shots

By Duncan Geere

A new handset from Canadian phone manufacturers RIM may be in the offing, if spy shots are to be believed. The images, dug up by BlackBerry fansite bbleaks.com, show a phone with a similar form factor to the BlackBerry Storm, but with a QWERTY keyboard... Read more

Panasonic unveils Toughbook CF-C1

Panasonic unveils Toughbook CF-C1

By Duncan Geere

Panasonic has launched a new Toughbook - the Toughbook CF-C1. It's a lightweight, business-oriented machine which promises to take rather a lot of punishment. You might even manage to get it to survive a commuter train journey, which only the hardiest... Read more

ConnectinPrivate.com offers VPN services to UK

ConnectinPrivate.com offers VPN services to UK

By Duncan Geere

A Panamanian company called ConnectInPrivate is taking advantage of its location to offer people concerned about the ramifications of the Digital Economy Bill the ability to surf in relative privacy using a VPN.VPN services have taken off in some places... Read more

NES game sells for $41,300

NES game sells for $41,300

By Duncan Geere

A ultra-rare NES game titled "Stadium Events" has sold for more than $40,000 in an eBay auction. The NTSC title, which is unopened and factory sealed, attracted 115 bids before a winning figure of $41,300 was settled upon.The reason for the rarity and... Read more

Apple sues HTC over 20 iPhone patents

Apple sues HTC over 20 iPhone patents

By Duncan Geere

Apple has announced that it's suing HTC on 20 counts of patent infringement, all of which relate to the iPhone, its user interface, its underlying architecture and its hardware. Android isn't mentioned in the press release, indicating that the interface... Read more

Paddy Power taking bets on next console to melt down

Paddy Power taking bets on next console to melt down

By Duncan Geere

Bookmaker Paddy Power has announced that it's opening bets on which will be the next of the current generation of consoles to suffer a massive global failure, following the PS3's well-publicised problems on 1 March.Unfortunately, despite the console coming... Read more

Microsoft demonstrates Mobile Surface

Microsoft demonstrates Mobile Surface

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has been demonstrating some interesting technology at its annual employees-only TechFest event. Microsoft's Surface technology is great, but it's also large, expensive and a little unwieldy. Allow Mobile Surface to step into the ring instead.It... Read more

Logitech unveils Harmony 600, 650 remotes

Logitech unveils Harmony 600, 650 remotes

By Duncan Geere

Logitech has announced an expansion in its range of Harmony remote controls. The company is introducing the Harmony 600 and Harmony 650, both of which allow you to replace up to five other remote controls with the functionality that you want on just one... Read more

Apple planning HDMI port for Mac Mini?

Apple planning HDMI port for Mac Mini?

By Duncan Geere

Apple has apparently been shipping around a prototype of a new Mac Mini that features something brand new for the company - an HDMI port. Perhaps recognising that mini DisplayPort and DVI aren't quite sufficient any more, the HDMI port replaces the legacy... Read more

Opera 10.5 gets full release

Opera 10.5 gets full release

By Duncan Geere

Opera has announced the full release of version 10.50 of its desktop browser for Windows - a rather speedy transition from the beta, which was only released a few weeks back. It's a rather substantial upgrade from Opera 10.1, featuring a dramatic UI refresh... Read more