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Plextor launches affordable pocket hard disk
Plextor launches affordable pocket hard disk By Ryan Haynes

Plextor is extending its personal storage range with its new portable hard disk drive, small enough to fit in your pocket. Coming in a brushed aluminum case the PX-PH16U2 (160GB) is compatible for both the Mac and PC. It can deal with all types of media... Read more

Working day no longer 9 to 5
Working day no longer 9 to 5 By Ryan Haynes

One-third of workers do their jobs outside the standard hours of 9 to 5, according to a survey by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Commissioned by First Direct, the report found that evenings are no longer just for the entertainment... Read more

LG goes chocolate for plasma
LG goes chocolate for plasma By Ryan Haynes

LG Electronics unveiled its latest plasma TV range, including two models inspired by the fashionable design of the LG Chocolate Handset. The 60-inch 1080P Full HD PF95 and 50-inch HD-ready PB65 goes for the chocolate of the famous phone. LG has taken... Read more

Phone recycling website relaunches
Phone recycling website relaunches By Ryan Haynes

Mopay is relaunching to help people recycle their old mobile phones and give back to charity. The simple service that just takes the mobile details from you through the website will find a way to recycle the handset. Users just need to send the phone... Read more

Yahoo Photos closes, Microsoft to buy Yahoo
Yahoo Photos closes, Microsoft to buy Yahoo By Ryan Haynes

Thousands of photo sharing users will have to move their photos from Yahoo's Photo service because the company has said that it is closing its doors. "The strains of running two photo sharing sites has always seemed impractical", one industry insider... Read more

Yahoo's oneSearch launches in Europe
Yahoo's oneSearch launches in Europe By Ryan Haynes

Yahoo's mobile searching technology has been localised and launched in the UK. oneSearch was only previously available in the US and as part of Yahoo's integrated 2.0 search application. It has now been localised and introduced across Europe. The tool... Read more

DRM takes two further steps
DRM takes two further steps By Ryan Haynes

Warner has signed a deal with MySpace to begin offering music to it’s members on the social networking site - but with DRM intact.Many expected Warner to follow EMI's move with Apple to offer DRM-free downloads; however the record company has decided... Read more

DirecTV launches Portable Satellite TV service
DirecTV launches Portable Satellite TV service By Ryan Haynes

DirecTV has launched its first satellite TV with a 17-inch LCD display. The satellite provider’s new product, Sat-Go, uses a satellite receiver for avid TV fans. Coming in a brief case to protect the large screen the dish, tuner, and display is all... Read more

Text takes over talk
Text takes over talk By Ryan Haynes

For the first time in 10 years mobile phone call volumes have dropped according to research by JD Power.Nearly 3000 UK mobile phone users were surveyed and found that the number of phones made on average per week is dropping. Pre-paid customers made four... Read more

Bang & Olufsen cut background noise with new headset
Bang & Olufsen cut background noise with new headset By Ryan Haynes

Bang And Olufsen has used its expertise and quality audio technology to develop a Bluetooth headset with what it claims is "added clarity". The headset, which promises to cut background noise, features audio technology able to filter out environmental... Read more

One in three customer emails ignored
One in three customer emails ignored By Ryan Haynes

It has been found that telcos are the worst offenders when it comes to ignoring customer emails, totalling a 42 percent response rate. eGain tested 125 major UK companies on response times as well as quality of information through email. Staff actively... Read more

Tiscali launch on-demand Movie Now service
Tiscali launch on-demand Movie Now service By Ryan Haynes

Tiscali has announced a partnership and the availability of a TV service on demand from its homepage. Following in the footsteps of BT, BBC, ITV, Joost the broadband provider has teamed up with Arts Alliance Media for a new service, Movies Now, where... Read more

Fake Xbox Live accounts blocked
Fake Xbox Live accounts blocked By Ryan Haynes

Xbox Live account users will have content blocked from other countries in order to protect Global Digital Rights Management. Microsoft has had to act after users have set up fake foreign accounts to access downloads and data from other countries for which... Read more

iWay SD card reader for iPod launched
iWay SD card reader for iPod launched By Ryan Haynes

A new accessory has been launched that allows digital camera users to transfer data to and from an SD to Apple's iPod. The new product is meant to bridge the gap between memory and PC uploads. In other words, photos don’t need to be loaded onto iPods... Read more

Internet Explorer 8 details exposed
Internet Explorer 8 details exposed By Ryan Haynes

Details have emerged about Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser even though the application isn't due for another 12 months. According to rumours on the web, the new IE8 will have improved RSS, CSS and AJAX support and work as a real hub for the... Read more

Xda Argon comes to O2
Xda Argon comes to O2 By Ryan Haynes

O2 has announced that it has expanded its Xda portfolio with the exclusive launch of the Xda Argon. The new device is suprisingly powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 rather than Microsoft's latest mobile OS platform and features Microsoft direct-push email,... Read more

iGoogle experiences hiccups
iGoogle experiences hiccups By Ryan Haynes

Last week we reported that Google had relaunched its personalised homepage under the name iGoggle. However in the past week many users have been unable to access their data as the company moved customers over to the new system. In some cases, users are... Read more

UCAS create YouGo student career site
UCAS create YouGo student career site By Ryan Haynes

The days of trawling around Career shows touting your wears could be over following the launch of a new website from UCAS. Turning to the web, the student organisation has developed a user-generated site to help build student careers. The site, yougofurther.co.uk,... Read more

Yahoo Messenger integrates IM into browser
Yahoo Messenger integrates IM into browser By Ryan Haynes

Coming to a browser near you is Yahoo's new tool that will allow its instant messaging service in a web browser without the need of IM software. Also working with Microsoft's MSN, the browser function is designed for someone without immediate access to... Read more

Firefox Companion for eBay available for download
Firefox Companion for eBay available for download By Ryan Haynes

Firefox as added an eBay add-on to its browser for avid buyers and sellers called the Firefox Companion for eBay. eBay bids are accessed through the website, but with the add-on you can quickly access your ebay bids and items for sale in a side bar. It's... Read more

IBM fills the "airgap" to create faster chips
IBM fills the "airgap" to create faster chips By Ryan Haynes

IBM is using a new process called "airgap" to improve the efficiency and speed of its chips. The company is copying the natural shapes of snowflakes and seashells that it says will run 35% faster and consume 15% less energy. The process involves enabling... Read more

Red Stone expands with Samsung and K2 Network
Red Stone expands with Samsung and K2 Network By Ryan Haynes

Samsung and K2 Network have partnered to expand the reach of the multi-player online role-playing game Red Stone beyond Japan. The game, which has taken the country by storm with over one million people playing it, will now expand to North and South America,... Read more

Online TV viewers on the rise
Online TV viewers on the rise By Ryan Haynes

Amid a host of online IPTV service launches like Joost, BBC's iPlayer and ITV's iTV in the last week, new research out today has found that users accessing content is on the rise. Jumping on an IPTV bandwagon, Motorola questioned 2500 people across Europe... Read more

LG to launch TV mobile phones
LG to launch TV mobile phones By Ryan Haynes

LG are set to launch three television mobile phones making an aggressive move into the market. The SB630/KB6300/LB6300 Television Phones by the LG group, offer support for DMB-T standard for reception of wireless digital television transmissions. The... Read more

Pandora blocks listeners outside US
Pandora blocks listeners outside US By Ryan Haynes

Pandora has had to block all users originating from a non-US IP address due to legal pressure from record companies. The popular internet radio station for users to build custom playlists and discover new music, has had to keep to its roots. Pandora always... Read more

Altec Lansing makes iPod dock video ready
Altec Lansing makes iPod dock video ready By Ryan Haynes

Altec Lansing has taken the humble speaker docking system and given it a video screen makeover with its latest model - the iMV712 audio/iPod dock. The new speaker system which is launching in the US later this year looks to take that step further away... Read more

Newscounter.com launches to correct the news
Newscounter.com launches to correct the news By Ryan Haynes

A new website has launched that aims to provoke debate around accuracy of original content and give people an opportunity to fully respond. Sounding much like the mechanism of a blog, Newscounter.com appears to be a response tool for PRs and companies... Read more

Nokia unveil 1650 and 2660 handsets
Nokia unveil 1650 and 2660 handsets By Ryan Haynes

Nokia has announced a new range of handsets today including the Nokua 1650 and Nokia 2660. The new handsets will come equipped with a flashlight, music-on-the-go via FM radio and MP3-grade ringtones, the 2660 includes memory for a 500-entry phonebook... Read more

Apple turns green with LCD
Apple turns green with LCD By Ryan Haynes

Steve Jobs has written about his plans to turn the company green with key stages already in place. Effectively, Apple plans to change its screens and eliminate CRTs which it has started to do since mid-2006. The CEO announced that LED displays are to... Read more

Commodore Gaming responds with G and GS models
Commodore Gaming responds with G and GS models By Ryan Haynes

Commodore Gaming announce two new models that are becoming available online immediately reducing high spec components to cut costs. The Commodore G and GS come with Intel CoreT2 Duo processor loaded with the new Microsoft Vista, the key difference in... Read more

Game welcomes Indians to the UK
Game welcomes Indians to the UK By Ryan Haynes

An Indian who came to study in the UK in 2000 has devised a mobile phone game called "C-Shock" to help overseas students overcome cultural differences. Often foreigners struggle to deal with the cultural differences when moving to the UK, with many shocked... Read more

BBC Radio 1 ready for Web 2.0
BBC Radio 1 ready for Web 2.0 By Ryan Haynes

Radio is getting into gear to ramp up user-generated content through a new Web 2.0 portal. BBC has unveiled its new technology designed to heighten interaction with its audience. Jason DaPonte, executive producer of bbc.co.uk, showed the MIX07 Microsoft... Read more

Fears for E-voting security
Fears for E-voting security By Ryan Haynes

The local elections this week will see 12 councils trial voting over the internet, however the government is still hesitant over security. The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) rolling out the first test is aware that there are security loop... Read more

Fear wastes £1.25bn on gadgets
Fear wastes £1.25bn on gadgets By Ryan Haynes

Every year we collectively waste £1.25bn on technology gadgets due to fear and ignorance according to Scooter Computer. The company that commissioned the survey found that 22% of people had been given a gadget gift in the last year that they had not... Read more

Clock becomes security recorder
Clock becomes security recorder By Ryan Haynes

A motion-activated camcorder has been released onto the market and it's not just a camera, but it's secretly hidden in a clock. It can only record up to 12 minutes at a time on its 64MB built-in memory, but nifty for any quick intruder. This motion-activated... Read more

Update comes to Apple's AirPort Extreme
Update comes to Apple's AirPort Extreme By Ryan Haynes

Apple has announced and release the update for its AirPort Extreme for Intel-processor Macs. Apple has developed a further update for its security and is recommending that Intel-Mac users access the AirPort Extreme Update 2007-003. The software involves... Read more

Digg users revolt on DVD DRM
Digg users revolt on DVD DRM By Ryan Haynes

The technology website Digg collapsed last night due to users revolting against the removal of a crack code for HD DVD. The body that overseas the digital rights management technology on high-definition DVDs sent a letter to Digg to take the code from... Read more

BT to switch a million to save trees
BT to switch a million to save trees By Ryan Haynes

BT is taking it's green pledge further by encouraging more than a million customers to switch to online billing by the end of the month. The telco uses 60 tonnes of paper each year and aims to reduce the impact on the environment. The company is also... Read more

Radio is tuning to the web
Radio is tuning to the web By Ryan Haynes

The Internet is changing our habits, especially that of listening to radio, according to new research from Sony. Sony found that one in three people are now tuning into radio online, with more 35-44-year-olds using the web than 24-34-year-olds. According... Read more

Flash drive given tough makeover
Flash drive given tough makeover By Ryan Haynes

Flash drives have become ready for any extreme support with Corsair's Flash survivor range. The devices designed and engineered to be the toughest USB drive is not only water resistant for up to 200 metres (I guess they're appealing to MI6 on this one),... Read more

AA flyers get PMPs
AA flyers get PMPs By Ryan Haynes

American Airlines has announced it is going forward and giving its top passengers PMPs for intercontinental journeys. The portable media players will come pre-loaded with video and entertainment. The airline said it is making two types of portable media... Read more

Disney creates MySpace for preteens
Disney creates MySpace for preteens By Ryan Haynes

Walt Disney has unveiled a new site for preteens to create personal mini websites like MySpace with parental controls. Disney XD is aimed at kids under 14 with parents getting control over internet activities that will see them interacting with each other... Read more

iPhone may come 3G for Europe
iPhone may come 3G for Europe By Ryan Haynes

There hasn't been a week without further reports on the iPhone, rumours and speculation around delay and technical problems now also lay claim that two versions maybe released. With the European launch of the iPhone set for Autumn 2006, just in time for... Read more

SlingPlayer finally arrives for UK Mac
SlingPlayer finally arrives for UK Mac By Ryan Haynes

Sling Media has finally sorted itself out and released a Mac friendly version of its SlingPlayer viewing application. Promised towards the end of 2006, the Windows only program went on sale nearly a year ago. The US received a Apple-friendly application... Read more

Dell opts for Ubuntu for Linux PCs
Dell opts for Ubuntu for Linux PCs By Ryan Haynes

Dells new focus on its range of Linux computers for consumers has will use Ubuntu as its operating system. With Apple raising its stakes, Linux could be the next to knock Microsofts dominance in the personal computing space. Canonical is the lead sponsor... Read more

Mat tracks toddlers footprints
Mat tracks toddlers footprints By Ryan Haynes

With tiny footprints the sound of a toddler stumbling out of the door can easily go unnoticed, until now. The RNID Contact Mat will secure all exterior doors to your house from your little rugrats trying to escape. With countless distractions, the mat... Read more

Online bankers seek easier set-up options
Online bankers seek easier set-up options By Ryan Haynes

Research released by Global Reviews has found that many major banks are failing to offer easy management for online savings accounts. The survey has found that major banks are still getting below 70% ratings for customer service experience. The key problem... Read more

Flat wire to be hidden under paint
Flat wire to be hidden under paint By Ryan Haynes

Decorating has never been easy, especially with a full surround-sound system. One solution has been to lay wires beneath carpets and rugs, another - to chip into the wall and polyfiller over the wire, or one modern solution is to get everything wireless.... Read more

Sony summer laptop leaked
Sony summer laptop leaked By Ryan Haynes

We only have limited information, but details of the Sony Vaio for summer 2007 have been leaked and this is what we can tell you. It looks like Sony is going for a pretty hefty update for its laptops, the 15.4-inch Vaio FZ19 will use Intel's Santa Rosa... Read more

Digital scrapbook finally comes to life
Digital scrapbook finally comes to life By Ryan Haynes

After 2 years of development Chronos is finally releasing its iScarpbook application for the Mac. The software, which is essentially a digital scrapbook, helps people keep and collect cuttings that they find online where originally they would have cut... Read more