|  Home   |  Forums   |  News   |  Blog   |  Reviews   |
 Satellite   Digital TV   IPTV   Cable   HDTV   Computers   Apple   Games   Mobile Phones   Broadband   Internet   Security   Telecoms   USB   VoIP   Wireless   Science 

Tech News

March 3, 2011

Orange and T-Mobile to stock iPad 2

by Darren Allan
Orange and T-Mobile, also known as Everything Everywhere, have confirmed that they will be stocking the thinner, faster, camera-laden iPad sequel. TechRadar got the scoop on this, getting confirmation that the iPad 2 would be stocked from day one in the UK (March ...



Malware apps found on Android Market

by Darren Allan
When they gather momentum, desktop and mobile platforms attract the attention of malware authors, keen to visit exploits on growing user bases. And it would seem Android has been the focus of a spate of malware activity which has seen a number of virus-loaded apps hit the operating system's marketplace. Some fifty apps were apparently loaded up with malicious code which allowed ...



iPad price cut before iPad 2 arrives

by Darren Allan
It's worth noting that the iPad has been cut considerably in price since yesterday's iPad 2 launch. With the iPad sequel now officially unveiled – with twin cameras and a faster processor – its launch date was also confirmed as this month (the 11th in the US, and March 25th in ...



Motorola Xoom to cost £499

by Darren Allan
The Motorola Xoom popped up on the PC World website yesterday priced at £450, before the price tag was swiftly removed. Today, the asking price of the wi-fi version of Motorola's upcoming tablet is back up on the PC World site, but the bad news is it has changed, and not for ...



Teenage “Ghostmarket.net” mastermind is jailed

by Darren Allan
Nineteen-year-old Nick Webber was the brains behind the Ghostmarket.net website. Referred to in court as “Crimebook”, the site was like a supermarket for cyber-criminals, selling credit card details and providing tutorials on how to run scams and stay anonymous. According to a BBC report, the site had around 8,000 users at its peak, and was responsible for estimated losses ...



iPlayer international version to cost under $10 per month

by Darren Allan
The Beeb's iPlayer has been going from strength to strength recently. January’s figure of 162 million requests served by the catch-up TV service represents the fourth month in a row that the iPlayer has broken its own record (jumping from 145 million requests in December). And the iPlayer's popularity is set to rise further when it becomes available for folks abroad, which ...



March 2, 2011

Apple iPad 2 accessories revealed

by Darren Allan
Steve Jobs has just officially unveiled the iPad 2 at a press event over in San Francisco. But as well as the tablet sequel, which is thinner, lighter, and comes with twin cameras and a faster processor, accessories were also unveiled for the new more magical device. The iPad 2 will have an optional “smart cover”, a case ...



Apple iPad 2 is launched with twin cameras

by Darren Allan
Apple has unofficially unveiled the iPad 2 over in San Francisco. And the good news is that some serious alterations have been made, after there were rumours flying around that very little would change with the tablet sequel. Steve Jobs was on hand to show off Apple's even more magical new device, ...



Spielberg to make WikiLeaks movie

by Darren Allan
Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks company is to make a movie based on the WikiLeaks affair, according to an article on the Sky Movies website. It seems an obvious move to make after the success of The Social Network, the acclaimed film from last year about Mark Zuckerberg and how he (allegedly) went about setting up Facebook. Much like the Zuckerberg ...



Apple iPad expected to shift 40 million in 2011

by Darren Allan
Today is the day when Apple will unveil the iPad 2, at 6pm our time (stay tuned for the full report after teatime). The company has kept a tight lid on exactly what the sequel will contain, with much speculation on possible refinements. And, indeed, whether there'll be much in the ...



Motorola Xoom UK price: £450

by Darren Allan
Those of you looking for an iPad alternative might be interested to learn that Motorola's Xoom tablet has been priced up for the UK. Kind of. The Register Hardware spotted the tablet up for pre-order on the PC World site, costing £450. The price ...



Ofcom recommends “typical speed range” for broadband advertising

by Darren Allan
Ofcom has been beating the unfair broadband advertising drum, and rightly so. It's a view held by many that “up to” advertising speeds are a shady practice and give a misleading impression to a customer signing up for a broadband line (particularly in the case of ADSL). Ofcom's latest figures for November to December of 2010 indicate that the average UK broadband ...



March 1, 2011

Steve Jobs knighthood blocked by Gordon Brown

by Darren Allan
Gordon Brown. Remember him? You know, the chap who steered our country's economy into ruin by ignoring a super-heated housing market, hugely over-stretched mortgage financing and ludicrously risky banking practices in general. But he didn't sit on his hands all the time, and was prepared to take decisive action when it counted. We're talking about the really important ...



Final Mozilla Firefox 4 beta is released

by Darren Allan
Firefox 4 Beta 12 has just been unleashed, along with the news that it will be the final beta client before the browser is released for real. If you want to test out the next generation of Firefox, then you can grab the beta here. According to the Mozilla Blog, this version delivers improved performance when watching videos on ...



Google celebrates St David’s Day with doodle

by Darren Allan
Google's latest doodle has been drawn in honour of St David's Day. St David is, of course, the patron saint of Wales. It is believed that he died on this day back in 589 AD. The doodle is a fairly minimalist affair, keeping the search company's logo the same except for the second G, which is dressed up in a ...



Survey reveals 73% have tried mobile gaming in the UK

by Darren Allan
A survey on the subject of mobile gaming was organised by PopCap with some interesting results. Some 2,400 mobile phone owners in both the US and UK were questioned on their mobile gaming habits, with 52% saying that they had played a game on a mobile phone in the past. More Brits than Americans had partaken of the likes of Angry Birds ...



Vodafone network back up after major outage

by Darren Allan
As we reported yesterday, the Vodafone network was down for many in the south after burglars struck at a technical facility in Basingstoke on Sunday night. The criminals stole and damaged specialist network hardware and computers, leaving an estimated several hundred thousand customers without service. However, according to a report on the Wall ...



Google apologises for Gmail outage caused by bug

by Darren Allan
Google's VP of Engineering and Site Reliability Czar, Ben Treynor, has posted some more information on the problem which hit thousands of Gmail users at the weekend, wiping their accounts. Apparently the issue was caused by a storage software bug which ravaged several copies of Gmail data. Google has had to resort to tape back-ups to restore the data ...



Asus tablets to land in April in the UK

by Darren Allan
Three new Asus tablets will be on sale at Currys and PC World as soon as next month. According to a report on the Inquirer, the Windows 7 powered Eee ...



February 28, 2011

Dell Venue Pro lands in UK tomorrow

by Darren Allan
The much delayed Dell Venue Pro will finally be available in the UK tomorrow. Some retailers were expecting it to ship in the first week of February, but that turned out to be wishful thinking. You can order the smartphone direct from Dell here, although it'll cost you £459 sim-free. It's a ...



Apple iPad 2 coming in white?

by Darren Allan
The iPad 2 launch is happening on Wednesday, and another mildly interesting bit of rumour has hit the net. Apple could be showing off a white version. Yes, iPhone fans may scoff. They may embark on several banquets worth of scoffing, in fact, given ...



Vodafone burglary causes outage for many thousands

by Darren Allan
Last night at around 1am, Vodafone's Basingstoke facility was raided by burglars. The criminals stole and damaged specialist network hardware and computers, causing major outages for several hundred thousand customers in the south. Apparently the majority of those who lost voice, text and net service were in the M4 corridor area, but problems have been reported in other regions in the south. The ...



LaCie Little Big Disk external HD with Thunderbolt

by Darren Allan
Thunderbolt has been a word on many people's lips this past week, after Apple refreshed its line of MacBook Pro laptops and added support for the I/O technology developed by Intel. Thunderbolt offers transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps which LaCie intends to take advantage of with its freshly announced external hard ...



Killzone 3 outguns Bulletstorm to top UK chart

by Darren Allan
Killzone 3 has gone straight to the top of the UK all-format chart this week, beating out the other big shooter which was released, EA's much-hyped Bulletstorm. It's quite an achievement for Killzone considering that it's PS3 only, and Bulletstorm is a multi-platform title. Bulletstorm (from Epic Games) still sold well for a fresh franchise, however, and we guess ...



Crysis 2 won’t have EA online pass

by Darren Allan
Good news for shooter fans keenly awaiting the arrival of the sequel to Crysis. Gamepur reports that at a recent EA event in New York, it was confirmed that the game won't use an online pass system, as has been employed in some EA games recently. The pass allows the buyer of a new game to access the online ...



HTC Desire range also gets Gingerbread

by Darren Allan
The HTC Incredible S goes on sale this week (and in fact should have started shipping out for those who have pre-ordered from Carphone Warehouse). And while the phone comes with Android 2.2 or Froyo, a swift update to Gingerbread has been promised by HTC. And it seems that this upgrade will also be coming ...



iPad designer considering move back to UK

by Darren Allan
Jonathan "Jony" Ive is Senior VP of Industrial Design at Apple, and the principal designer of the iPad, iPod, iPhone and other computers. But it appears that his successful career at the Cupertino company has come to ...



Gmail bug resets 150,000 accounts

by Darren Allan
Gmail was hit by a major problem over the weekend, with some users logging on to find that their inboxes and contacts had been wiped. According to several reports across the net (one of them on T3), 150,000 Gmail users are thought to have been affected. Early this morning, Google posted that its engineers were working to restore full ...



February 27, 2011

Berkshire police in Facebook anti-bullying scheme

by Darren Allan
Facebook has its fair share of problems aside from the obvious privacy concerns which are often bandied about. There's also the growing amount of cyber-bullying which happens online, and on the social network, where youngsters have taken to tearing virtual strips off each other. Police in Reading are launching a scheme to attempt to tackle some of the harassment of ...



Mastertronic to bring Alien Breed Trilogy to Xbox

by Darren Allan
Mastertronic is set to bring the full Alien Breed Trilogy to retail for the Xbox 360. Developed by Team 17, the games have been published on Xbox Live and PSN previously, along with downloadable versions for the PC. They're actually remakes of the original nineties Alien Breed which first reared its slimy human-chomping head on the Amiga. The ...



February 26, 2011

Shift 2: Unleashed realism trailer released

by Darren Allan
A new trailer has been unveiled for the upcoming Shift 2: Unleashed racing game from EA, which is due out on April 1st. The trailer is entitled “Authenticity and Realism”, and in it the developer shows off the realistic racing the new driving game will apparently offer. A number of real-life drivers have been brought in to tweak individual areas ...



HTC ChaCha under fire from lawsuit

by Darren Allan
When we first heard the name of the HTC ChaCha, we thought it was a terrible moniker for a smartphone. Even worse than last year's Toshiba Tablet, perhaps, which carried the deathly dull name of the Folio 100. Anyway, it seems the ChaCha is an awful name for more than one reason, because the choice has actually landed HTC in trademark hot ...



Google changes algorithms to favour high quality sites

by Darren Allan
Google has announced that it's altering the algorithms by which its search engine prioritises returned results. Naturally enough, Google is always tweaking its search processes, but this change is big enough to get an official announcement on the engine's official blog page. Google says the change will noticeably impact over 10% of queries, although we won't be noticing anything over ...



February 25, 2011

Virgin Media looking into sluggish broadband speeds

by Darren Allan
Virgin Media recently super-sized its XL broadband package from 20Mbps to 30Mbps. The 50% speed increase could be had by existing customers as well as new ones, although they had to pay an upgrade fee of £30 for activation and a new router, the SuperHub3. Although it appears this switch up a gear has been causing problems for some Virgin fibre customers, ...



Samsung Galaxy S II out in March?

by Darren Allan
The Samsung Galaxy S II could be arriving in March, if the dates a pair of online retailers have set are to be believed. Play.com has the 16GB version of the smartphone listed for release on March 31st, at a price of £600 (with a recommended retail ...



HTC Incredible S ships tomorrow

by Darren Allan
The Carphone Warehouse has said that it will be shipping the first batch of the HTC Incredible S out tomorrow. According to an article on V3.co.uk, the phone will then be available to buy in Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy stores next week, March 3rd. The phone is a CPW exclusive, and comes with ...



Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc pretty in pink

by Darren Allan
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has popped up in a new colour scheme over in Japan. A bright pink version of the handset will be available to purchase later this month over in the far east, according to a report on 3G.co.uk. It's not clear whether the pink version will make it to the UK when the smartphone is launched in ...



Google readies YouTube movie service for UK

by Darren Allan
Google is planning to use YouTube to carry an unlimited movie subscription service in the UK, so says the buzz on the net. The New York Post reports that the film streaming scheme, which would be in competition with the likes of LoveFilm, is set to launch in Europe initially, and will probably first touchdown in the UK. Google has reportedly ...



Oxford Dictionaries Online adds bloggable, cyber-bully, scareware…

by Darren Allan
The Oxford Dictionaries Online has added a number of new tech terms to its web-based reference service over the past year. Such as “bloggable”, which is defined as “suitable or sufficiently interesting as a topic for a blog” (something you can waffle on about). “Cyber-bully” is now also defined, as well as “scareware” (fake anti-virus alert scams), “bandwidth” and “trackpad”. Text-speak ...



Nexus One and S owners to get Android 2.3.3

by Darren Allan
Google has announced that it will be pushing Android 2.3.3, the latest incarnation of Gingerbread, out to its Nexus One and Nexus S smartphones. The upgrade is coming over the air, Google announced on Twitter, and is rolling out now. You might not see the update immediately, however, as the company notes: “Be patient, may take a few weeks for OTA ...



DJ Hero developer’s future in the balance

by Darren Allan
Activision Blizzard recently announced that Guitar Hero and DJ Hero had reached the end of the line because the music game genre had gotten stale. And it seems that the future of FreeStyleGames, the UK-based developer of DJ Hero, is yet to be determined. Although at least it hasn't been shut down – yet – like Activision's other UK ...



Alan Turing’s notes saved by £200k donation

by Darren Allan
You might remember that last November, Alan Turing hit the news headlines when his notes went up for auction at Christie's. The fear was they'd be snaffled up by a wealthy private collector and whisked out of this country, never to be seen again. A campaign was started to raise money and keep the papers on display at Bletchley ...



February 24, 2011

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official trailer unveiled

by Darren Allan
The official trailer has been released for Skyrim, the follow-up to the hit RPG Oblivion. It's a fast-paced affair which shows the “dragon-born” (that's you) facing off against a huge, scaly fire-breathing beast, which is zooming in for dizzying looking aerial attacks. Some spells are shown being flung, and a bow and arrow ...



Apple MacBook Pro range updated

by Darren Allan
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line of laptops, introducing next-gen processors and graphics, along with Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 13 inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors running at up to 2.7GHz, backed up with Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15 inch and 17 inch notebooks come ...



HP TouchPad on sale in April?

by Darren Allan
The HP TouchPad was unveiled earlier this month, one of many tablets which are clamouring to get a share of the market Apple currently dominates. At least there's something different about the TouchPad compared to the legion of Android slates, in that it runs the webOS platform. The hardware spec is pretty reasonable, ...



Real world business brands now dominate the web

by Darren Allan
A list of the top 50 most popular web brands shows that traditional offline businesses are becoming more dominant in the online world. This is according to a UKOM/Nielsen study which examined how the make-up of the web's most visited sites has changed since 2004. Gone are names such as Freeserve, Kelkoo, Lycos and Demon which had no offline presence, ...



Symbian “here to stay” says Nokia Manager

by Darren Allan
Symbian is the ailing operating system Nokia had been relying on, until recently when the Finnish company's strategy changed radically with the Microsoft deal. The news that Nokia is partnering with MS to produce budget-friendly Windows Phone 7 handsets had been long rumoured, but still came as something of a surprise when it was ...



Sony Vaio C Series laptops announced

by Darren Allan
Sony has taken the wraps off its new Vaio C Series of laptops. The range of notebooks boasts second-gen Intel Core i5 processors, and on selected models a Blu-ray drive and AMD Radeon 1GB hybrid graphics cards. Although the first thing you'll notice about the devices is the neon orange and green colour ...



Apple iPad 1.5 due out next week, not iPad 2?

by Darren Allan
Currently the Apple rumour mill is spinning like nobody's business, the latest speculation surrounding what exactly is being unveiled next Wednesday. If you've missed this, the Cupertino company has announced that it will be launching something special next week, and with a big 2 emblazoned on the invites, everyone is naturally expecting the iPad 2. But a report on ...



February 23, 2011

Gradwell takes on Vodafone in connecting mobiles to office phone networks

by Brian Turner
Telecoms SME Gradwell has launched a mobile phone app that allows people to connect their mobiles with the office telephone network. Award-winning telephony provider Gradwell has launched the software to fill the gap between office-based landlines and work mobiles, putting the company in direct competition with Vodafone. Gradwell One, a unified voice and ...