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Published: 2006-11-01T12:32:01+00:00

 



"Oi, where d'you think you're going?"

2006-11-01T12:32:01+00:00

Ever wished you could jump straight to the front of the queue like a celeb when you go to see your favourite band? Well if you're a Virgin Mobile customer, now you can. Mobile Marketing Magazine reports that Virgin has...



TechDigest has moved

2006-10-30T10:47:25+00:00

If you are wondering why it has been a bit quiet here of late it is is because we have changed hosting. So to see TechDigest you need to skip off to techdigest.tv . You will also need to update...



No Sympathy from YouTube

2006-10-23T09:42:18+01:00

If you post copyright material on the video share site YouTube you can expect no help or sympathy from the company, according to a report on CNet News. Information on who posted the clip or move may be handed over...



Vista Tip - Enable Check Boxes

2006-10-20T09:44:19+01:00

Here’s another in the series of occasional Propellerhead Top Tips for the new Vista operating system and this one involves enabling a useful little facility called Check Boxes. It works in Computer, the new name for Windows Explorer and My...



Do You Want Chips with that?

2006-10-20T09:39:40+01:00

Not sure what to make of this one but a chap (and I’m assuming it’s a he…) called Sc4freak posting on [H]ard|Forum claims to have deep-fried his computer. In fact he was trying out a technique called submersion cooling, where...



Desktop Snapper, Freeware

2006-10-19T08:56:37+01:00

Here’s an interesting little utility Propellerhead has been trying out. It’s called TimeSnapper and it takes a snapshot of your desktop at preset intervals, from once a second to every few minutes or hours. The obvious question is why would...



iPods Ship with Windows Virus

2006-10-19T08:52:44+01:00

Apple have apologised for sending out a small number of iPods with an extra bonus feature, a Windows virus called RavMonE.exe. It was unintentionally installed in Video iPods, Apple claims only 1 percent of those made on or after September...



Sony Laptop Battery Recall, Finally…

2006-10-18T09:49:18+01:00

You may have been wondering, amidst the fuss and furore over the exploding laptop batteries, why Sony, which makes the volatile lithium ion cells, hasn’t instituted its own recall? Well, now it has, several weeks after Dell, Toshiba, Apple and...



Headers and Footers on Printed Web Pages

2006-10-18T09:46:00+01:00

If you print web pages then you may be irritated by all the extra guff that appears at the top and bottom of the page -- web page address, page number, time and date and so on. There’s so much...



We love Wii because...

2006-10-17T14:56:07+01:00

Where else can you spend a happy hour or two pulling worms out of rabbits' teeth? Click below for a bonkers clip from one of the mini-games in the upcoming Wii Rayman title. Since when did worms have teeth? Actually,...



One Minute Video Review: Motorola KRZR

2006-10-17T14:22:19+01:00

Here's Ashley and I looking at the Motorola KRZR, and having heaps of fun trying to figure out how you say it. There's also a respectable amount of time looking at what exactly it does. Expect it to appear in...



Sneaky Changes in Vista Licence Agreement

2006-10-17T09:13:52+01:00

There are a few dedicated souls who actually read through the EULAs (End User Licensing Agreement) that pop up when you install a new piece of software but most of us simply click the I Agree button, life’s too short…....



Freeundelete Recovery Utility, Freeware

2006-10-17T09:10:50+01:00

Sooner or later it will happen to you and you will delete a file, intentionally or by accident, then some time regret it. You might be lucky and it will still be in the Recycle Bin, but most of the...



YouTube Video of the Day - Fool shoots hornet nest.

2006-10-16T15:24:15+01:00

What happens when you give a fool a gun and show them the location of a troublesome hornets nest? Predicatbly, the answer lies in pain and sorrow. Mof Gimmers



How to play Space Invaders - with your brain

2006-10-16T13:42:59+01:00

Over at top bloke's blog Brandish, you can find out how to give your hands a rest and exercise your brain - to play Space Invaders. Yes, a team of researchers has poured its energies into developing a brain-to-computer interface,...



Vodafone launches new call plans and advice for small businesses

2006-10-16T13:34:23+01:00

Sky has a new show TV show under the name of The Big Idea, claimed to be the UK's largest-ever search to discover the next great British invention or business idea (with the winner pocketing £100,000 to carry it off)....



17th October is UK's 'One Day in History' blog day

2006-10-16T13:19:36+01:00

Tomorrow is "One Day in History" day, set up by the National Trust, which will allow anyone in Britain with access to the Internet to record a short piece of blog-style text with their reflections on how history has influenced...



Samsung to launch slim Symbian SGH-i520 HSDPA smartphone in Europe?

2006-10-16T13:18:15+01:00

According to various online rumours, Samsung is set to launch the SGH-i520 HSDPA (super 3G) smartphone in Europe this week - more specifically, at the Symbian Smartphone Show, which opens tomorrow (Tuesday) in London. The SGH-i520 is based on the...



Maxfield launches Max Track - the world's fastest GPS system

2006-10-16T12:31:41+01:00

Maxfield has a new sat nav system hitting the shelves later this year - the Max Track, which it claims is the fastest system you can buy. The Max Track is powered by a Samsung-made 400MHz processor and uses Windows...



Mint offers credit card payments via sms messaging

2006-10-16T12:12:55+01:00

We recently covered HSBC and First Direct's forays into banking via text messaging. Well, they're not alone - credit card provider Mint (part of the Royal Bank of Scotland) is getting in on the act, offering the TextDebit service for...



Pick up a Burning Love Pouch for your iPod

2006-10-16T11:55:03+01:00

Today's silly iPod add-on comes courtesy of MP3 Additions - which has produced the Burning Love Pouch range - which isn't as sleazy as it sounds - they're actually just odd-looking iPod cases. Made of what's described as "irresistibility soft...



Build your own Terminator puppet

2006-10-16T11:45:26+01:00

Puppets are rarely scary nowadays, unless like me you find Sooty's inability to speak highly sinister. But a life-size silicone puppet of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator character, complete with shot face and gammy hand? Now that's quite creepy. Bayraider has found...



Archos launches 504 160GB portable media player

2006-10-16T11:42:51+01:00

Archos has gone big on the screen and the storage with its new 504 portable media player with 160GB hard drive - that's enough space to record 450 hours of video to view on the 4.3-inch screen. The Archos 504...



iFreq - yet another FM transmitter for iPod

2006-10-16T11:12:03+01:00

As I mentioned last week, there's an endless number of these FM transmitters hitting the market with the impending law change for use. So why should you pick up an iFreq? Well, acocrding to a recent magazine article - it's...



Word BackupMacro

2006-10-16T09:16:34+01:00

Propellerhead’s recent travails with Microsoft Word left him with what was effectively a new installation and he quickly discovered that one of most frequently used features was missing. It’s a macro, called Allsave and he relied on it for at...



IE7 Is Coming, Ready or Not…

2006-10-16T09:13:30+01:00

It looks as though Internet Explorer will be coming to a PC near you, whether you want it or not, if your computer is set up for automatic downloads. Several possible dates have been mooted, the 18th is a hot...



Zou Renti and His Robot Clone

2006-10-16T07:35:55+01:00

Here we have a portrait of Mr. Zou Renti of the Xi'an Supermen Sculpture Institution and his robot clone at the 2006 China Robot Expo at the International Convention Center in Beijing. They've come by to show off the robot's...



Keuco visiPad for the Bathroom

2006-10-16T04:33:59+01:00

Continuing the alarming trend of putting a telly and a computer everywhere we might conceivably find some peace and quiet, Keuco has prototyped the Keuco visiPad Mediastation multimedia system, a water-resistant touchscreen that lets you watch television, use the internet,...



Scotland Yard warn of massive hacker attack on UK

2006-10-13T16:52:25+01:00

Scotland Yard have today issued an urgent warning that the UK is under a huge, sustained attack from hackers. They say that thousands of PCs in homes have been targeted by US-based computers in a bid to steal personal information....



Vodafone and Phones 4u link up: Carphone Warehouse unhappy

2006-10-13T16:29:50+01:00

Vodafone has done a deal with Phones 4u that will ensure P4U is the only third-party UK company allowed to sell Vodafone mobile contracts. This ends the previous partnership with the Carphone Warehouse who can now only sell pay-as-you-go phones...