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Europeana - the European online library crashes

Europeana - the European online library crashes

By Katie Scott

More than twice the number of hits than anticipated has crashed Europeana - the new online library - just hours after its launch. The project offers free online access to content from 1000 of Europe's most prestigious institutions including The British... Read more

Woman hires hitman via text message

Woman hires hitman via text message

By Katie Scott

A woman from Oklahoma plotted to have her lover's wife kidnapped and possibly killed, but used text messages to organise the crime. 32-year-old Tonia Mullins is now facing a long spell in jail after conspiring with her lover, 26-year-old Michael Andrew... Read more

Online thieves making £3.3bn

Online thieves making £3.3bn

By Katie Scott

Security experts Symantec reckon online fraudsters are making a whooping £3.3bn out of unsuspecting web surfers. After studying the internet's underground economy for a year, Symantec believes this is the figure online criminals are making out of selling... Read more

Mobile internet usage up by 25%

Mobile internet usage up by 25%

By Katie Scott

Mobile internet usage is growing eight times faster than PC-based internet growth. This is according to new results from Nielsen Online, which says that the number of us Brits accessing the internet via mobile devices increased by 25% in the third quarter... Read more

US gets online think tank on privacy

US gets online think tank on privacy

By Katie Scott

The US has come up with yet another way to tackle online piracy. A new think tank has been founded called the Future of Privacy Forum. According to Ars Technica, the Forum will be headed by Jules Polonetsky, formerly chief privacy officer at AOL, and... Read more

Japanese slot machine shows fugitives' faces

Japanese slot machine shows fugitives' faces

By Katie Scott

The Police in Japan are none too happy with an online games developer, that has decided to create an unusual slot machine type game. Slot Detective looks like a traditional slot machine game but it has human faces instead of lemons and cherries - specifically... Read more

Panasonic unveils Full HD plasma TVs

Panasonic unveils Full HD plasma TVs

By Katie Scott

Two new Panasonic Full HD plasma displays are going to be available from early next year. First up is the TH-65VX100, which is claimed to achieve the blackest blacks with the world's highest contrast ratio of 60,000:1. The second launch is the TH-50VX100,... Read more

Russian game simulates war with Georgia

Russian game simulates war with Georgia

By Katie Scott

A Russian games developer has made the controversial decision to create a new, although virtual, war between Russia and Georgia. The game "Confrontation - Peace Enforcement", which will go on sale in Russia next month, is set as Georgian President Mikheil... Read more

Klipsch launches new headphones

Klipsch launches new headphones

By Katie Scott

American audio experts Klipsch are making their way to the UK, and have unveiled a new set of earphones to mark the occasion. The company prides itself on producing "the world’s smallest, lightest full-range earphone designs". The new X5 earphones are,... Read more

Onkyo launches first Blu-ray player

Onkyo launches first Blu-ray player

By Katie Scott

It was a fervent HD DVD supporter, then it dropped the format and then it promised us a Blu-ray DVD player. Well Onkyo has now delivered. Its first Blu-ray player is the DV-BD606 is claimed to "squeeze every last ounce of benefit out of the new Blu-ray... Read more

Verizon staff had unauthorised access to Obama's phone

Verizon staff had unauthorised access to Obama's phone

By Katie Scott

Some Verizon employees may have had unauthorised access to their President-elect's personal mobile phone account. Details that the employees could have viewed, according to experts, include the numbers a customer had called, how long conversations with... Read more

ViewSonic launches first widescreen projector

ViewSonic launches first widescreen projector

By Katie Scott

Viewsonic is aiming at businesses with a new projector - the PJ359w - which is its first widescreen projector. This is an ultra-portable WXGA LCD model featuring HDMI 1.3 connectivity and supporting HD signals up to 1080p. But it is also designed to be... Read more

IBM to build "brain-like" computers

IBM to build "brain-like" computers

By Katie Scott

IBM is working with the US government to create electronic circuits that mimic the brain. The project has been made possible by a $4.9m (£3.27m) grant from US defence agency DARPA. It is developing an area called "cognitive computing", and, according... Read more

BBC Trust says no to regional online content

BBC Trust says no to regional online content

By Katie Scott

The BBC Trust has rejected a £68m plan for a network of online new services. The plans had already been criticised by local newspaper publishers as well as Tory leader David Cameron who weighed into the debate earlier this week. Trust chairman Sir Michael... Read more

Teens benefit from surfing the net

Teens benefit from surfing the net

By Katie Scott

Following on from a three year study in the US of A, researchers have determined that online time "is good for teens". Blowing away many parents' notion that surfing the web, playing games and visiting social networking sites is a waste of time, the report... Read more

Racer jackets pack in d3o protection

Racer jackets pack in d3o protection

By Katie Scott

d3o Lab has teamed up with French motorcycle brand Racer to create a line of biker gear using the Lab's special shock absorbing material. The new jackets "provide comfort, warmth and added protection with one single aim: to combine fashion and technology... Read more

Brits spend more time online than anyone else in Europe

Brits spend more time online than anyone else in Europe

By Katie Scott

Apparently we Brits are spending more time surfing the net than any of our European counterparts. According to research carried out by Ofcom, we are a nation of tech geeks, who can spend as much as 839 minutes per week online playing games and checking... Read more

Monty Python launches YouTube channel

Monty Python launches YouTube channel

By Katie Scott

You can now spend hours at work surreptiously watching Monty Python excerpts on YouTube. The comedic legends have launched their own YouTube channel and old chestnuts on there include Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Life of Brian and Dark... Read more

Epson unveils scanner duo - the GT-S50 and GT-S80

Epson unveils scanner duo - the GT-S50 and GT-S80

By Katie Scott

Epson has launched two new scanners aimed firmly at business users. The GT-S50 and GT-S80 series are both sheetfed scanners and they also boast USB 2.0 interfaces. The GT-S80 series can scan up to 40 pages per minute (80 images per minute duplexed); whilst... Read more

BenQ MP512 ST projector
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BenQ MP512 ST projector

By Katie Scott

We have discovered that having a projector to use with the Nintendo Wii doesn’t mean you are less prone to injuring yourself or indeed breaking things just because there’s no TV in the room. In fact, having the MP512 ST projector from BenQ made us... Read more

Microsoft rules out Yahoo deal

Microsoft rules out Yahoo deal

By Katie Scott

Yahoo's shares momentarily soared by 10% when current CEO Jerry Yang announced he was stepping down. But now they've come right back down again on the news from Microsoft that it's not going to buy the ailing web company. As he has done before, Microsoft... Read more

Packard Bell iPower X2.0 desktop delivered to UK

Packard Bell iPower X2.0 desktop delivered to UK

By Katie Scott

It was announced way back in July, but the Packard Bell iPower X2.0 desktop PC is finally on its way to the UK. The company's second desktop model aimed at gamers, this has enjoyed a complete redesign now boasting a sleek black and red design. The chassis... Read more

Cameron hits out at Beeb online local news plans

Cameron hits out at Beeb online local news plans

By Katie Scott

He's not the first to do it, and he won't be the last - Tory leader David Cameron has hit out at the BBC's plans to create local video on demand services. Cameron, speaking (yes you've guessed it) to local newspaper representatives at the Newspaper Conference... Read more

Packard Bell iPower GX coming to UK

Packard Bell iPower GX coming to UK

By Katie Scott

It was launched in September, but Packard Bell has now released details of when UK gamers will be able to buy its first ever gaming laptop. The iPower GX is aimed at gaming enthusiasts but is also claimed to be powerful enough for movie viewing (although... Read more

Free security software from Microsoft

Free security software from Microsoft

By Katie Scott

Microsoft is to stop selling its all-in-one security and management package OneCare, but is launching a new software suite to keep machines protected. The free security and anti-virus software is designed to protect PCs running XP, Vista, and Windows... Read more

London hospitals hit by computer virus

London hospitals hit by computer virus

By Katie Scott

A virulent computer virus is causing mayhem at three major London hospitals. The virus has already defeated It staff at St Bartholomew's, The Royal London and the London Chest Hospital after striking on Monday, and now the computer systems have had to... Read more

BBC 1 and 2 to be simulcast on web

BBC 1 and 2 to be simulcast on web

By Katie Scott

The Beeb is soon going to be showing content from BBC One and BBC live online. From next week (27 November), web visitors will be able to watch shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, EastEnders and Heroes as they are broadcast. BBC Three, BBC Four,... Read more

MP rapped over "rude" blog

MP rapped over "rude" blog

By Katie Scott

A Labour MP has been thoroughly told off after he used his blog to make fun of other MPs. Labour MP Paul Flynn is claiming that he has now been stripped of part of his communications allowance removed after he refused to take down posts including ones... Read more

BNP member list leaked online

BNP member list leaked online

By Katie Scott

The British National Party is demanding a police investigation after a list of 10,000 members found its way onto the internet. Nick Griffin, leader of the right wing party, is claiming that the leak, believed to have been by former members, puts supporters... Read more

IBM to buy Transitive

IBM to buy Transitive

By Katie Scott

IBM has announced that it is going to buy Transitive, the company that helped Apple move to Intel chips. The California-based company was party to the creation of Apple Rosetta, but also, according to ZDNet "eased a number of different architecture transitions... Read more

Identities being sold online for £80

Identities being sold online for £80

By Katie Scott

According to a new report, online fraudsters can make as much as £15,000 from a stolen identity. The terrifying findings were published to mark Get Safe Online Week. They revealed that identities are being sold online for £80 including credit card details,... Read more

Yahoo shares soar on Yang's departure

Yahoo shares soar on Yang's departure

By Katie Scott

Poor old Jerry Yang - he's faced a takeover bid from Microsoft, the wrath of his shareholders when he rejected it, job losses, and now the market seems to have applauded his decision to stand down as CEO. Yahoo's shares soared a whooping 10% on the news... Read more

Symantec chief steps down

Symantec chief steps down

By Katie Scott

Security software company Symantec is having a management reshuffle. John W Thompson is to leave his role as chief executive at the end of this fiscal year. In his place will step Enrique T. Salem, Symantec's current chief operating officer, who will... Read more

Storage Appliance updates Clickfree drive range

Storage Appliance updates Clickfree drive range

By Katie Scott

Storage Appliance Corp has unveiled a trio of new Clickfree automatic backup drives. The new models feature larger capacities than previous launches, delivering 250, 320 and 500 GB of storage. However, the main feature of the Clickfree Portable Backup... Read more

Record Mac sales for Apple

Record Mac sales for Apple

By Katie Scott

Everyone else is sitting at home counting the pennies, but it seems Apple could literally be bathing in cash. According to an analysis of 25 hours of sales of iPhones and Macs at a US retail chain, investment bank Piper Jaffray is claiming that Apple... Read more

Smartphones to get full Adobe Flash

Smartphones to get full Adobe Flash

By Katie Scott

Adobe has been working for years and years on a version of its Flash player that would be suitable for mobile phones. The general view was that this would be a lightweight incarnation, but now Adobe has revealed that it is actually working on a fully... Read more

Survey says 85% of companies using Open Source software

Survey says 85% of companies using Open Source software

By Katie Scott

According to the analysts at Gartner, a whooping 85% of some of the world's top companies are using Open Source software. And the remainder are planning on moving across within the next year. The findings come after a survey of 274 end-user organisations... Read more

ITV signs deal with BT Vision

ITV signs deal with BT Vision

By Katie Scott

BT Vision customers will soon have access to ITV classics including The X Factor, Coronation Street and Hell's Kitchen ITV has signed a new 2-year deal with BT, which will mean that some of its current and library programming will be available to the... Read more

Project Kangeroo bounces back

Project Kangeroo bounces back

By Katie Scott

It may have just lost its chief exec to Microsoft, but Project Kangeroo is readying for launch. Ashley Highfield announced he was leaving the BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 joint initiative after only 6 months in the job, but, although no permanent... Read more

Apple researching search engine rehaul

Apple researching search engine rehaul

By Katie Scott

Apparently Apple isn't very happy with the search engine experience currently being offered on its mobile devices. And, according to TechCrunch among others, it is looking to create a new search engine wrapper to make the search interface more approachable.... Read more

Alleged Palin hacker gets case postponed

Alleged Palin hacker gets case postponed

By Katie Scott

OK so Sarah Palin may not be heading for The White House (phewwwwwwww!), but she is still going to be in the headlines for some time to come. And some column inches are bound to be given to the case of a 20-year-old University of Tennessee student indicted... Read more

iPhone heading for China?

iPhone heading for China?

By Katie Scott

The talks between Apple and various Chinese telecoms companies have been going on for ever, it seems. But now there has been a hint that a deal may actually be on the table. Apple has listed in its career pages a position for an iPhone Quality Assurance... Read more

YouTube pulls vids glorifying Columbine violence

YouTube pulls vids glorifying Columbine violence

By Katie Scott

Videos praising the two US students who went on a rampage and killed 13 people in Colorado nine years ago have been removed from YouTube. The videos came from all over the world and glorified the Columbine High School killers - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.... Read more

Apple sued over iPhone 3G cracks

Apple sued over iPhone 3G cracks

By Katie Scott

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in a New York district court. The complainant is Nassau County resident Avi Koschitzki who claims that Apple is ignoring hairline cracks that he claims will form in the handset's enclosure. "Although Apple was and... Read more

Apple recruit Mark Papermaster sues IBM

Apple recruit Mark Papermaster sues IBM

By Katie Scott

IBM is doing everything in its power to stop its former employee, Mark Papermaster, taking up the position he's been offered with Apple. The computing giant is arguing that Papermaster, who was recruited by Apple to head up its iPhone and iPod division,... Read more

Robot head mimicks human facial expressions

Robot head mimicks human facial expressions

By Katie Scott

OK so "Jules", the androgynous robot is a little creepy looking, but he/she/it is also amazing. This robot has been trained to detect and replicate ten emotions including happiness, sadness and concern. The software behind these capabilities was developed... Read more

Online shoppers get duty break

Online shoppers get duty break

By Katie Scott

HM Revenue and Customs is doing its bit to get us all shopping. It has opted to get rid of the custom duties on items bought online for less than £105 from outside the EU. The new rules will come into action on 1 December and changes the original rule... Read more

American Airlines trials mobile phones as boarding cards

American Airlines trials mobile phones as boarding cards

By Katie Scott

Imagine - instead of a piece of card that always finds its way to the bottom of your bag, and is also very easy to leave at home, you'll soon be able to check onto a flight using your mobile phone. American Airlines is trialling mobile boarding passes... Read more

Video game sales strong this year

Video game sales strong this year

By Katie Scott

Despite concerns over the economy, it seems we haven't stopped buying video games. In fact, perhaps we're all trying to go out less and therefore playing more. Industry execs told journos at the BMO Capital Markets interactive entertainment conference... Read more

Spam down by 75% as rogue server crashes

Spam down by 75% as rogue server crashes

By Katie Scott

An American ISP was knocked offline earlier this week after several internet security companies alleged that it was helping spammers send out junk mail including online fraud and child pornography. McColo has apparently been being watched for several... Read more