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Kobo launches UK ebook store

Kobo launches UK ebook store

By Duncan Geere

Remember Shortcovers? It's no more. It's rebadged as Kobo and relaunched, complete with a UK-centric ebook store that has content from publishers like Penguin, Random House, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Faber & Faber.The ereading service allows users... Read more

Bioshock 2 DLC detailed

Bioshock 2 DLC detailed

By Duncan Geere

2K games has announced that the first set of downloadable content for Bioshock 2 - the Sinclair Solutions Test Pack - will be emerging from the briny depths in March. But if you haven't yet finished the single-player for the game then don't panic - it's... Read more

BCC announces a computer called Alex

BCC announces a computer called Alex

By Duncan Geere

The Broadband Computer Company has announced an easy-to-use 15-inch laptop aimed at people who aren't very good with technology, and with it a manifesto of five "clear computing" points that it reckons makes life a whole lot easier. The computer's name... Read more

Microsoft promotes Office by giving away... MacBooks

Microsoft promotes Office by giving away... MacBooks

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has hit on a novel idea for promoting Microsoft Office - by giving away MacBook Pros. Okay, so it's promoting Office for Mac, but even so, it's an odd move for the software giant to be sending out one of the best-selling products of arch-rival... Read more

Sony unveils MDR-570, MDR-370, MDR-EX77LP and MDR-EX57

Sony unveils MDR-570, MDR-370, MDR-EX77LP and MDR-EX57

By Duncan Geere

Sony has announced a series of headphones - four models to be precise. There's the closed-cup MDR-570s, the open-cup MDR-370s, and two pairs of in-ear choices - the MDR-EX77LP and MDR-EX57. They're all relatively budget-concious, so you're not going... Read more

Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC

Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC

By Duncan Geere

The European Commission has given the green light for T-Mobile and Orange to merge, with the proviso that 3 gets access to 3000 more mast sites across the UK. The news follows a cautionary note from the Office of Fair Trading, who said the deal: "threatens... Read more

Sky TV app arrives for Nokia handsets

Sky TV app arrives for Nokia handsets

By Duncan Geere

Sky and Nokia have announced that they've built an application that'll allow you to watch Sky Sports on your Nokia handset, and that it's available in the Ovi Store now. The app also offers remote recording and the ability to check Sky News and Sky Sports... Read more

HTC Desire's software leaks

HTC Desire's software leaks

By Duncan Geere

Quick work by the modders in the Modaco forums has seen a leak of the HTC Desire's ROM already turned into a working (albeit a little unstable) ROM for the Google Nexus One, which adds HTC's much-loved Sense UI to the handset.Another useful addition is... Read more

Nokia X10 to be next Symbian^3 handset?

Nokia X10 to be next Symbian^3 handset?

By Duncan Geere

Despite a near non-presence at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - occupying just a tiny booth in a corner - Nokia seems to still have some tricks up its sleeve. If leaked release documents are genuine, the Finnish phone-maker seems to be preparing for... Read more

Video chat hints found in iPhone 3.2 SDK

Video chat hints found in iPhone 3.2 SDK

By Duncan Geere

In the latest iPhone SDK - a collection of resources used by developers to build applications for the platform - hints have been uncovered that strongly suggest that a future version of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch may arrive with video calling functionality.The... Read more

Macbooks getting Optimus dual graphics too?

Macbooks getting Optimus dual graphics too?

By Duncan Geere

Nvidia's Optimus graphics may well be showing up in the next generation of the Apple Macbook Pro, if rumours prove accurate. The technology allows a laptop to automatically switch between integrated and discrete graphics, offering power when it's needed... Read more

Harmonix denies Hendrix Rock Band rumours

Harmonix denies Hendrix Rock Band rumours

By Duncan Geere

Despite what you might have heard, Harmonix is not working on a Jimi Hendrix Rock Band title. Rumours have been creeping around for a few days, with a wide range of websites citing an interview in the LA Times with Hendrix's sister Janie.Janie was discussing... Read more

Sony patents universal video game controller

Sony patents universal video game controller

By Duncan Geere

Sony has patented a video games controller that would work seamlessly across multiple consoles, in the same way that manufacturers offer phone chargers that work on many different types of handset.The patent describes a device that has a touchscreen LCD... Read more

Notion Ink's Adam tablet appears

Notion Ink's Adam tablet appears

By Duncan Geere

Remember the curious-looking Notion Ink "Smartpad" which surfaced in mid-December? The one with the Pixel Qi transflective display that works as both an LCD and an E-Ink panel, depending on the amount of sunlight hitting it. Well, following Mobile World... Read more

Guitar Hero: Van Halen arrives in Europe

Guitar Hero: Van Halen arrives in Europe

By Duncan Geere

Activision's latest Guitar Hero title - Guitar Hero: Van Halen - was released in the United States before Christmas, but - for reasons entirely unclear to us - its European release was delayed until 19 February. It's finally here now, though, so you can... Read more

F-Secure launches Security and Anti-theft for Android

F-Secure launches Security and Anti-theft for Android

By Duncan Geere

Antivirus company F-Secure has rolled out Anti-theft and Security software for Android, which includes browsing protection against malware sites and the ability to lock the handset and wipe it remotely if it's lost or stolen.The remote lock can be used... Read more

iPhone's 3G download limit upped

iPhone's 3G download limit upped

By Duncan Geere

If reports coming in are correct, Apple has raised the maximum file size that can be downloaded over a 3G connection before it demands that you hook your handset up to a Wi-Fi network instead. The limit appears to have been raised from 10MB to 20MB.The... Read more

Apple bans boobs from App Store?

Apple bans boobs from App Store?

By Duncan Geere

The developer of an iPhone application got a chilling email from Apple over the weekend - the kind that all developers dread. It told him that his app - "Wobble iBoobs" - was being removed from the App Store due to a policy change to remove "sexual content".... Read more

Sony Ericsson asked to build Nexus One

Sony Ericsson asked to build Nexus One

By Duncan Geere

According to Swedish news agency Sydsvenskan.se, Sony Ericsson's president - Bert Nordberg - is claiming that Google asked it to build its flagship Nexus One handset, but that the approach was rebuffed.Nordberg says that Sony Ericsson is committed to... Read more

Google offers virtual trip on Trans Siberian Railway

Google offers virtual trip on Trans Siberian Railway

By Duncan Geere

Google Russia has collaborated with the Russian Trans Siberian Railway to create a virtual experience of the epic journey across two continents, 12 regions. 87 cities and 9226km.In a series of videos, the ride is documented and accompanied with stories,... Read more

LG predicts death of Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS

LG predicts death of Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS

By Duncan Geere

Scott Ahn, head of LG's mobile business, has told a press conference that he thinks the smartphone market will increasingly consolidate - with the number of operating systems reducing to just three - iPhone, Android and Windows Phone - within a couple... Read more

iDAPT i2 and i3 charging systems arrive in UK

iDAPT i2 and i3 charging systems arrive in UK

By Duncan Geere

There are several problems with wireless charging mats, like Powermat's. For starters, they're expensive. They also have limited device support, and you often have to swap out the backplate of the device for a heavier custom one.But if you want the benefits... Read more

Google Docs gets web clipboard

Google Docs gets web clipboard

By Duncan Geere

As months pass, the functionality of Google Docs seems to be getting closer and closer to that of a real office suite. The latest addition is that of an extended clipboard, storing any copied or cut text in the cloud and then allowing you to paste into... Read more

NEC triples USB 3.0 speeds

NEC triples USB 3.0 speeds

By Duncan Geere

USB 3.0 is slowly rolling out, and in 2010 you're likely to begin to see it showing up in the next generation of laptops, portable hard drives and other devices. NEC, however, reckons that it's just managed to triple the speeds that a serial bus connection... Read more

Google donates $2m to Wikipedia

Google donates $2m to Wikipedia

By Duncan Geere

Google has reached deep into its wallet and handed over a massive grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and a number of other sites. The $2,000,000 donation will be used to make Wikipedia easier to use, says the charity."Wikipedia is... Read more

Panasonic DMC-TZ10 Camera

Panasonic DMC-TZ10 Camera

By Duncan Geere

At Panasonic's annual convention in Munich, the company was showing off its recently-announced Lumix compact cameras. We took the opportunity to have a little fondle of the device, and snapped a few pictures of its vitals.The camera has a 25mm ultra-wide-angle... Read more

Panasonic SC-ZT2 home cinema speakers launched

Panasonic SC-ZT2 home cinema speakers launched

By Duncan Geere

Panasonic, at its annual convention in Munich, has unveiled a pair of home theatre speakers that match up with the full HD 3DTVs that it's also been showing off. The SC-ZT2 claims to deliver 7.1 surround sound from just two pole speakers.They're wireless... Read more

Panasonic reveals 2010 TV lineup

Panasonic reveals 2010 TV lineup

By Duncan Geere

Panasonic, at its convention in Munich, has revealed its UK Viera lineup of plasma and LCD televisions for 2010. There's a whopping total of 69 different models launched globally - "we didn't do that on purpose, but they're very sexy", said Panasonic's... Read more

Panasonic claims plasmas easier on eyes than LCD

Panasonic claims plasmas easier on eyes than LCD

By Duncan Geere

A survey commissioned by Panasonic and undertaken by researchers at a Munich University has found that plasma televisions cause less eye strain than an LCD at a similar brightness level. The researchers sat 31 people - male and female - down in front... Read more

Panasonic unleashes 65-inch VT20 3D plasma

Panasonic unleashes 65-inch VT20 3D plasma

By Duncan Geere

Among the pile of televisions announced at Panasonic's convention in Munich is the inauspiciously-named TX-P65VT20E. That string of letters and numbers hides a monster 65-inch 3D-capable plasma television (seen previously at CES) which offers 600Hz image... Read more

Panasonic televisions get Acetrax movies-on-demand functionality

Panasonic televisions get Acetrax movies-on-demand functionality

By Duncan Geere

Panasonic has announced that the Vieralink functionality on its televisions has been expanded with a range of European content partners. Heading up the list is movies-on-demand service Acetrax, and there's also support for VoiP service Skype, news site... Read more

Panasonic reveals BDT300 3D Blu-ray player

Panasonic reveals BDT300 3D Blu-ray player

By Duncan Geere

At Panasonic's annual convention in Munich, Germany, the company has revealed the DMP-BDT300 - its first 3D Blu-ray disc player. Panasonic is making as hard a push towards 3D as any, and wants to be able to provide end-to-end capabilities for shooting... Read more

HTC Legend vs HTC Hero

HTC Legend vs HTC Hero

By Duncan Geere

The HTC Legend has been confirmed, and as expected it bears a close resemblance to the HTC Hero. But exactly what are the differences between the two handsets? We scoured spec lists, photos of the device and support documents endlessly to comprehensively... Read more

Acer reveals beTouch E110 and E400, and neoTouch1 P300 and P400

Acer reveals beTouch E110 and E400, and neoTouch1 P300 and P400

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Acer has revealed a quartet of handsets that straddle the feature phone/smartphone divide. There's the beTouch E110, the beTouch E400 (pictured above), the neoTouch1 P300 and the neoTouch1 P400. In France and the... Read more

Qualcomm promises 3G cars from Audi

Qualcomm promises 3G cars from Audi

By Duncan Geere

Chip-maker Qualcomm has revealed that it'll soon be outfitting Audi cars with 3G. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will introduce a new mobile media interface to cars, along with a navigation system based on Google... Read more

Toshiba reveals TG02 and K01 mobile phones

Toshiba reveals TG02 and K01 mobile phones

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Toshiba has announced an upgrade to its TG01 phone - the TG02, and a brand new handset equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard - the K01. The TG02 runs Windows Mobile, and features a redesigned 3D menu interface... Read more

Adobe announces AIR for phones

Adobe announces AIR for phones

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Adobe has announced that it's rolling out AIR onto mobile phones. The software platform, which promises interoperability over different operating systems and so is used for plenty of applets, including many Twitter... Read more

BlackBerry 7Digital app gets Last.fm support

BlackBerry 7Digital app gets Last.fm support

By Duncan Geere

Music download site 7Digital has announced an update to its BlackBerry application which permits users to send their listening data to Last.fm from within the application. The release - version 2.1 - lets you link your Last.fm account to the app, which... Read more

Acer reveals Aspire One 532G netbook

Acer reveals Aspire One 532G netbook

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Acer has announced the Aspire One 532G netbook - which comes with Nvidia's ION graphics acceleration with 512MB of video memory. That should mean that it's considerably more capable than most netbooks at gaming,... Read more

Acer to build Ferrari smartphone

Acer to build Ferrari smartphone

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Acer has announced that it'll soon be launching a Ferrari-designed smartphone, a continuation of the 7-year relationship between the two companies that has seen plenty of notebooks and netbooks arrive with the car... Read more

Acer updates Liquid to Liquid e

Acer updates Liquid to Liquid e

By Duncan Geere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Acer has revealed an update to its Liquid handset - the "Liquid e". Despite sharing a name with a recreational drug, the device might offer a worthy upgrade to people who weren't entirely convinced by the first edition... Read more

Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360
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Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360

By Duncan Geere

You're hardcore, aren't you? You cracked guitar and bass within months of picking up Guitar Hero. You saved up for the full band kit, and now you're blasting through "Won't Get Fooled Again" on drums on Expert. But something doesn't feel right. Your pedal... Read more

28,981,249,043 zombies slaughtered...

28,981,249,043 zombies slaughtered...

By Duncan Geere

Valve has announced that a total of 28,981,249,043 zombies have been bludgeoned, hacked apart, perforated or exploded since Left 4 Dead 2 was released on 17 November 2009. That's nearly 29 billion in 86 days. Not bad.The games developer offers a few statistics... Read more

YouTube offers video speed dashboard

YouTube offers video speed dashboard

By Duncan Geere

Video sharing site YouTube has rolled out a new feature that allows you to see how good or bad your broadband connection is at watching videos. It's called the YouTube video speed dashboard.The speed of delivery of web video depends on two main things... Read more

Google Maps gets Labs section

Google Maps gets Labs section

By Duncan Geere

The "Labs" functionality on Gmail and Google Calendar is well-liked by its users - allowing them to customise their experience by turning off and on small single-use plugins that can still be rather powerful. Now the functionality has been rolled out... Read more

LaCie rolls out rugged eSATA drive

LaCie rolls out rugged eSATA drive

By Duncan Geere

LaCie has announced the release of a ruggedised eSATA external hard drive - a new member of its rugged family of devices. The idea is to offer high speed connectivity in a device that's easy to carry around and resilient to the odd knock that it might... Read more

LinkedIn hits 60 million users

LinkedIn hits 60 million users

By Duncan Geere

LinkedIn has announced on its official Twitter account that the company has just signed up its 60 millionth member, a user from Gronigen in the Netherlands.The social network - which is focused on your professional life, rather than your personal life... Read more

XP patch brings blue screen misery

XP patch brings blue screen misery

By Duncan Geere

Windows XP users are lighting torches and collecting pitchforks for an assault on the castle gates following a set of security patches issued on 9 February by Microsoft. If reports on the company's support forum are true, the updates have caused widespread... Read more

Google revamps Buzz privacy options

Google revamps Buzz privacy options

By Duncan Geere

Google has rolled out extensive changes to its Buzz product, following privacy complaints from the Web. Bloggers were up in arms that the service displayed your contacts publicly - which are by default your most-emailed people on Gmail.Now, when people... Read more

OpenOffice 3.2 now available

OpenOffice 3.2 now available

By Duncan Geere

OpenOffice.org, the open-source office software package, has released version 3.2 of its free Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access replacement tools. Simultaneously, the team also revealed that it's hit 300 million downloads since the suite launched in... Read more