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InFocus X9 projector
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InFocus X9 projector

By Katie Scott

When you find a projector under £500, if you’re a home cinema enthusiast (but without a home cinema enthusiast budget), your first reaction will always be a sigh as you think of those £1500 models that your new purchase just won’t live up to. Well... Read more

Facebook frenzy leads to birthday party invasion

Facebook frenzy leads to birthday party invasion

By Katie Scott

A 16 year old who advertised her birthday party on Facebook had to call the police as 300 teenagers descended upon her home. The teen invited one hundred of her friends to the party in her house in Brighton using the social networking website. But the... Read more

BT Vision customers get 20th Century Fox movies

BT Vision customers get 20th Century Fox movies

By Katie Scott

It did a similar deal with NBC Universal in September, but now BT Vision has signed up Twentieth Century Fox. This means that its IPTV customers will soon get access to hundreds of classic and new movies. BT Vision customers can already watch content... Read more

BBC dragon eyes up Woolworths

BBC dragon eyes up Woolworths

By Katie Scott

According to the Beeb, none other than Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis may be about to say, "I'm in" and save the floundering retailer, Woolworths. Deloitte, which was appointed Woolworths' administrator on 26 November, said there had been "substantial... Read more

Zavvi forced to stop selling DVDs, games and CDs online

Zavvi forced to stop selling DVDs, games and CDs online

By Katie Scott

Online and high street retailer Zavvi has been forced to stop selling DVDs, games and CDs through its website pretty much bringing its online sales to a halt. It turns out that the main supplier of the retailer's stock is Entertainment UK - a unit of... Read more

Microsoft Windows losing market share to Apple

Microsoft Windows losing market share to Apple

By Katie Scott

A few percentage points may not seem like a big deal, but analysts are still pouncing on the fact that Microsoft Window's share of the operating system market has fallen below 90%. This is the first time this has ever happened and took place in November,... Read more

Tucows joins Global Fraud Fighting Community

Tucows joins Global Fraud Fighting Community

By Katie Scott

Ethoca - an organisation set up to make eCommerce safer for companies and web surfers alike - has signed up the world's third largest domain name and email provider. Tucows has joined Ethoca's Global Fraud Fighting Community. Explains Ethoca: "The biggest... Read more

Orange launches online film club

Orange launches online film club

By Katie Scott

Film fans who want to talk about their favourite flicks or watch the latest trailers can now do it through Bebo and Facebook. Orange has launched a new online film club on the two social networking websites. Users just have to sign up to become "friends"... Read more

Drivers more distracted by phones than passengers

Drivers more distracted by phones than passengers

By Katie Scott

They may be annoying but a back seat driver is apparently far less of a distraction than a phone call - hands free or not. According to research carried out by the University of Utah, and published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, phone... Read more

Social networks not important, say marketeers

Social networks not important, say marketeers

By Katie Scott

Despite the fact that we all spend far too much time on them, markeeters in the UK say that social networks have a limited reach for them. According to a new survey by Epsilon, more than half of chief marketing officers (so the people trying to get their... Read more

Navigon delivers budget satnavs in the 1200 and 2200

Navigon delivers budget satnavs in the 1200 and 2200

By Katie Scott

Navigon is claiming to have the perfect stocking filler in its two new GPS devices - both of which are available from Halfords for less than £100. The Navigon 1200 and 2200 are both entry level satnavs with slim black cases and 3.5-inch screens. They... Read more

Virgin signs deal with Yahoo for mobile search

Virgin signs deal with Yahoo for mobile search

By Katie Scott

Virgin Media is revamping its mobile portal and it will launch next Monday (8 December).The portal will provide news, music, video, games and entertainment, but Virgin Media has also done a deal so that its phone customers will also be able to access... Read more

Microsoft gives the NSPCC a helping hand

Microsoft gives the NSPCC a helping hand

By Katie Scott

Sales of some Microsoft software is set to give the NSPCC's Child's Voice Appeal an extra fund-raising push. From today until the New Year, 15% of Microsoft Windows Vista or Office 2007 sales purchased through the Microsoft Store will be automatically... Read more

Nikon achieves number one DSLR spot

Nikon achieves number one DSLR spot

By Katie Scott

Nikon had a four year plan to grow its share in the DSLR market, and at the launch of the much anticipated D3X flagship DSLR, Nikon's professional business manager, Chris Hoare, said that the company has achieved its ambitions. Nikon, he says, has grown... Read more

HP reveals strong Q4 results

HP reveals strong Q4 results

By Katie Scott

HP actually previewed its Q4 results a week before revealing the actual figures, which was a sure sign that it's fairly chuffed with its financial situation. Following the weeks of doom and gloom from other manufacturers, HP reported its revenue for Q4... Read more

Nikon unveils the D3X DSLR

Nikon unveils the D3X DSLR

By Katie Scott

So the rumours have been circling the web since April, but now it's been confirmed - Nikon has a new flagship model. The D3X is going to be available by the end of this month for a £5499.99 (7728.00 euros) price tag. For this, you get a model that has... Read more

Logic3 boosts dock line-up with i-Station25

Logic3 boosts dock line-up with i-Station25

By Katie Scott

As well as promising "clean, crisp sound" for £69, the i-Station25 from Logic3 has built-in accelerometers so that you can use it vertically or horizontally. This means you can watch video content landscape, but the accelerometers will then automatically... Read more

Linn launches MAJIK DS digital stream player

Linn launches MAJIK DS digital stream player

By Katie Scott

Linn has added the MAJIK DS to its line-up of stack system style music players. The MAJIK DS lets you play music formats including WAV, AIFF, MP3, ALAC and the highest resolution FLAC. Once connected up to a standard Ethernet home network, this digital... Read more

Intel rejects EU deadline in antitrust case

Intel rejects EU deadline in antitrust case

By Katie Scott

It's been rumbling on for ages but now the antitrust case levelled at Intel by EU authorities has taken another twist. Intel is supposed to be answering accusations from way back in July that it slashed prices below cost and offered huge rebates in an... Read more

EU to act on roaming charges

EU to act on roaming charges

By Katie Scott

Controversial plans to try and cut back on the charges we Europeans have to pay when sending texts or downloading data on our mobile phones whilst "roaming" are looking set to become law. EU Telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has taken on the telecoms... Read more

Apple investigating MacBook errors

Apple investigating MacBook errors

By Katie Scott

Apple has admitted that it is having to investigate two graphics problems that are affecting its new MacBook Pros and MacBooks. The first problem is being named, "the black screen of death" by some of the owners affected and causes an error in the MacBook... Read more

BenQ debuts MP523 DLP projector

BenQ debuts MP523 DLP projector

By Katie Scott

From next month, you'll be able to buy the latest DLP projector from BenQ. The MP523 projector is a new addition to the company's mainstream range - aimed at education, business and home-office use. It delivers a 2000:1 contrast ratio and 2000 ANSI lumens... Read more

Yahoo loses another key exec

Yahoo loses another key exec

By Katie Scott

Yet another key Yahoo executive has announced their departure from the ailing internet company. European chief Toby Coppel, who has been with the company since 2001, has admitted that he is to leave next year. According to Media Week, Coppel is to be... Read more

Teufel slashes prices

Teufel slashes prices

By Katie Scott

German audiophiles Teufel is trying to get you to put your hand in your pocket with some new pre-Christmas deals on its kit. The company, which only recently launched in the UK, is now offering some of its speaker sets with up to £250 off via its website.... Read more

Report says 178 million Europeans are online each week

Report says 178 million Europeans are online each week

By Katie Scott

The European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) has released a report on how we are using the interweb. According to its research, we are now using the web for much more than simply finding information and keeping in touch with each other. But... Read more

Panasonic slashes profit prediction

Panasonic slashes profit prediction

By Katie Scott

Panasonic has joined rival Sony in slashing its profit forecasts for this year. The electronics giant has cut its annual net profit forecast by a whopping 90% as well as announcing plans to restructure. The move apparently surprises investors, who had... Read more

Restaurateur uses Facebook to track down bill dodgers

Restaurateur uses Facebook to track down bill dodgers

By Katie Scott

A group of diners at a posh restaurant in Melbourne who scarpered without paying the bill have been tracked down using Facebook. The five young diners pretended to head outside to smoke but didn't come back leaving the owner of the Seagrass on Melbourne's... Read more

Online shopping suffers slump

Online shopping suffers slump

By Katie Scott

It was bound to happen but our online shopping habits are now reflecting what's being seen on the high street - we're simply not spending as much. US net measurement firm comScore is reporting that online shopping is now in decline for first time since... Read more

Gov scraps Channel 4 license fee bid

Gov scraps Channel 4 license fee bid

By Katie Scott

Ofcom warned in September that Channel Four could face a bleak future if it wasn't given a share of the license fee to make the changes necessary before the digital switchover. But now the Government has scrapped this plan. Channel 4 could have got £14... Read more

Japanese robots take to the stage

Japanese robots take to the stage

By Katie Scott

A troupe of Japanese thespians have shared the limelight with none other than a group of robots. In one of Japan's first ever robot-human theatre productions, the "actors" took to the stage at Osaka University. Playwright Oriza Hirata penned his play,... Read more

Spam on the increase

Spam on the increase

By Katie Scott

A couple of weeks ago, an American ISP called McColo was shut down after accusations that it was helping spammers send out junk mail including online fraud and child pornography. It was shut down and suddenly the amount of spam on the Internet slumped... Read more

Yoobot website launched by British Heart Foundation

Yoobot website launched by British Heart Foundation

By Katie Scott

The British Heart Foundation is trying to do its bit to stop kids in the UK opting for burgers instead of salads. The charity has launched a new website that lets kids create a virtual version of themselves. The free online game, which is called Yoobot,... Read more

"Cyberchondria" is disrupting lives

"Cyberchondria" is disrupting lives

By Katie Scott

It's official - an unhealthy number of us spend hours trawling the net to find out what diseases we could have from symptoms only we ourselves have detected. Yes - it's now official - we're suffering from Cyberchondria. Microsoft has published a report... Read more

"Individual Broadband ownership" proposed

"Individual Broadband ownership" proposed

By Katie Scott

So with BT's million pound plans for a super-fast fibre broadband network possibly going on hold, and reports on the dire state of the offerings in this country, do we need something drastic? Well two American researchers have come up with a controversial... Read more

Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide

Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide

By Katie Scott

It's already stopped selling CDs but now highstreet retailer Woolworths is about to make another drastic move to save itself. According to Media Week, it is going to sell its DVD publishing operation to BBC Worldwide. The retailer's shares have apparently... Read more

Teacher wins fight over pop-up porn

Teacher wins fight over pop-up porn

By Katie Scott

Charges have been dropped against a US teacher accused of looking at porn whilst in charge of a classroom of kids. In what has been a bizarre and controversial case, one Julie Amero was indicted on charges of endangering the morals of a minor, way back... Read more

Nikon D3X rumours circling the web

Nikon D3X rumours circling the web

By Katie Scott

There has been an explosion of posts about a possible D3X DSLR model from Nikon this week. It all started in April when some bloggers found a reference in a D3 firmware update to a 6048 x 4032 24.4MP option, sparking rumours that a new camera was on the... Read more

Pioneer introduces NavGate all-in-one GPS device

Pioneer introduces NavGate all-in-one GPS device

By Katie Scott

Pioneer has added a new GPS device to its collection promising "fully integrated audio, video and navigation in an all in one in-car entertainment solution". Heidi Johnson-Cash, general manager of marketing at Pioneer GB explains: "Our NavGate products... Read more

iPhone ad banned by ASA

iPhone ad banned by ASA

By Katie Scott

Apple has been given a telling-off by the Advertising Standards Agency. The ASA has banned an iPhone 3G ad which it claims was misleading over the speeds that the smartphone can connect to the internet and download content. The TV advert claims that the... Read more

LinkedIn launches new search service

LinkedIn launches new search service

By Katie Scott

The business orientated social networking website, LinkedIn, has rehauled its search options. The team is now making it easier for members to find each other with a new search engine. This allows members to refine their searches using more than a dozen... Read more

WeFi delivers 10 million Wi-Fi access points

WeFi delivers 10 million Wi-Fi access points

By Katie Scott

WeFi has hit a landmark and passed 10 million recognised Wi-Fi access points. The company, which claims to have provided the world's first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, has also announced that it now has more than one million users in 215... Read more

Report reveals abominable state of British broadband

Report reveals abominable state of British broadband

By Katie Scott

The Office of National Statistics has shamed broadband service providers with its latest report. According to its survey, a whopping 42.3% of broadband connections are slower than 2Mbps. This is despite Ofcom claiming last year that, "the average headline... Read more

Data losses could result in fines

Data losses could result in fines

By Katie Scott

Millions of pounds worth of fines could be dolled out to companies who lose confidential data. The Information Commissioner has been given new powers to punish companies or indeed government departments who, "deliberately or recklessly" lose personal... Read more

Juror dismissed for asking Facebookers for a verdict

Juror dismissed for asking Facebookers for a verdict

By Katie Scott

A woman who used Facebook to round up her friends' opinions on a case she was juror for has been dismissed. The woman, who has not been named, posted details of the child abduction and sex assault case to try and get help in making a decision on whether... Read more

Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 2009 suite

Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 2009 suite

By Katie Scott

A new software suite designed to maintain and manage the data on your PC hard drive has been launched by Paragon. The Hard Disk Manager 2009 Suite includes partitioning, backup, cloning, defrag, hard drive disposal, system management and system recovery... Read more

Compulsive gamers are not "addicts"

Compulsive gamers are not "addicts"

By Katie Scott

The founder and head of the first and only clinic in Europe to treat gaming addicts is claiming that 90% of those who seek treatment aren't, in fact, addicts. Keith Bakker claims that compulsive gaming is a social rather than a psychological problem.... Read more

Beatles iTunes negotiations "have stalled"

Beatles iTunes negotiations "have stalled"

By Katie Scott

Beatles fans are going to be waiting a while longer to get their favourite songs from iTunes. Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that negotiations have currently "stalled" between EMI - the band's former record label - and Apple. But Sir Paul added to BBC... Read more

Samsung suffering in economic slowdown

Samsung suffering in economic slowdown

By Katie Scott

Samsung is warning that the growth of the mobile phone market is going to be slow this year and next. "The actual global market growth on a unit basis could come short of our initial forecast for 9% growth (in 2008)", James Chung, a spokesman for Samsung,... Read more

BBC could face competition for digital funding

BBC could face competition for digital funding

By Katie Scott

The Beeb is taking a bit of a bashing at the moment. Just days after the BBC Trust opted to veto its plans for regional online news content, the newly installed minister for technology, communications and broadcasting, has suggested that it may soon have... Read more

Couple suing McDonald's over nude pics

Couple suing McDonald's over nude pics

By Katie Scott

An American couple are suing McDonald's for a whooping £2 millio. The case revolves around some naughty pics of Tina Sherman, which she had sent to her husband Phillip's phone. Phillip accidentally left the phone in a McDonald's franchise in Fayetteville,... Read more