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  • Opinion: Volunteers needed to teach computer skills to the homeless

    Homeless charity Crisis is looking for volunteers to donate their skills and a little time to help homeless people in London over the festive season.

  • News: HP Concludes That Bigger Is Better

    In opting not to get rid of its PC division, HP -- and new CEO Meg Whitman -- offered some insight about what type of company they think HP should be. Insider (registration required)

  • News: IBM Quietly Names a New CEO

    IBM doesn't like drama -- and it proved that with its recent appointment of Virginia Rometty as its new CEO. Insider (registration required)

  • News: NSS Labs claims its new tool can detect all Duqu drivers

    Security research firm NSS Labs has released an open source scanning tool that is capable of detecting all malicious drivers used by the new Duqu threat, according to its engineers. However, other security vendors believe that the malware's creators are capable of evading detection at any time.

  • Opinion: Modern Warfare 3 Thieves Crash Into Van Carrying 6,000 Copies

    Remember when a pair of robbers with semi-automatic handguns stole over 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops at gunpoint? Here we go again, only extreme style: Up to 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's were reportedly stolen by thieves in France on Saturday morning.

  • Opinion: Siri Outages Indicate Apple Still Doesnt Get the Cloud

    For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday. All the trouble raises the question: Why can’t Apple get cloud services right?

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: Less is more

    We're back with another iPad case roundup, and this week's installment features some great examples of minimalistic designs that protect your iPad without getting in the way of its beautiful design, as well as some great products that surround the beauty of the tablet with a luxurious—and sometimes quirky—exterior.

  • News: Siri as Google Challenger: Sorting Fact from Fiction

    Google has a new challenger to its dominance in search, and it may be only a matter of time before you dump Google for the new service. But the new challenger is not Bing or Ask or even search newcomers such as Blekko or DuckDuckGo. Nope; it turns out the latest threat to Google search is Siri, Apple's voice-enabled digital personal assistant on the iPhone 4S, according to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

  • News: Top Camera for iPhone

    One of the most common pieces of advice for those who want to take their iPhone photography more seriously (yes, people do take it seriously) is to avoid shooting photos in Apple’s built-in Camera app. Many third-party photo-taking apps offer more control and features, turning the iPhone’s camera into a powerful tool for professionals and hobbyists alike.

  • News: Digital Lego Clock Goes Tick-Tock

    If you’re a regular GeekTech reader, chances are you’re a Lego fan, so I hope you appreciate this awesome LEGO Mindstorm clock as much I do.

  • News: Amazon's Prime Lending Library Collection Now Viewable Online

    Amazon is tempting Kindle owners to sign up for its Prime service with free e-books, and if you are wondering if there are any good ones to read you can now peruse a list right from your PC.

  • Opinion: 3D-Printed Guitar Impresses Geeks, Musicians Alike

    There have been all kinds of guitars made in a zillion different ways, but the “Zoybar Tor” is a guitar with unique roots: Designed by Bård S D with open source design software Blender and a 3D printer. The result is a badass fretless guitar that sounds awesome. Skeptical? Check out this clip on Vimeo, and you can see it’s the real deal.

  • Opinion: DIY Wooden Postcard Proves Low-Tech Is Still Awesome

    Not everyone you know will choose to receive an e-card over a traditional postcard, but the DIY Wooden Postcard makes that traditional postcard look newfangled and high-tech by comparison.

  • News: Microsoft Quietly Changes WP7 Specs to Allow Phones without Cameras

    Microsoft quietly downgraded the hardware requirements for its Windows Phone 7 operating system in late September to make optional the inclusion of cameras in mobiles using the operating system.

  • Buying Advice: Contract-free smartphone buyer's guide

    If you're looking to get a shiny new smartphone, but don't want the shackles of a contract weighing you down, here's a few helpful tips to set you on your way.

  • News: Mobile Patent Wars: A Closer Look at How Everyone Loses

    These days, mobile-technology patents and lawsuits go together like peanut butter and jelly. Previously, patents primarily served to help companies protect their intellectual property; now, however, Apple, HTC, Microsoft, and smaller companies are using patents as leverage, suing one another in attempts to gain the upper hand. The trend, experts say, is quickly spinning out of control, and hurting consumers when it comes to mobile-gadget choices and prices.

  • News: HTC Phones To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 2012

    Owners of HTC phones will have to wait until early 2012 for their device's mobile OS to be upgraded to Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. In a post to its Facebook page HTC wrote not just phones with fast multi-core microprocessor chip architectures would get Android 4.0, but also HTC phones with fast single-core processors, such as the HTC Sensation XL.

  • News: Zypr API promises developers free, Siri-like voice control

    When it’s not offline, Siri—the voice-driven personal assistant built into the iPhone 4S—is impressive at what it does. But it’s also limited: While you can access Siri at any time, you can’t use voice interactions to control third-party apps. Pioneer Corporation hopes to change that with its new, free Zypr application programming interface (API).

  • News: RSA and McAfee add cloud security offerings

    Cloud security options are set to widen today as RSA teams with Microsoft and Citrix to support use of RSA SecurID authentication, and separately, McAfee unveils enhancements to the McAfee Cloud Security Platform.

  • News: Video: Amazon offers free books, Assange loses his appeal, healthcare robots by 2013

    Wikileaks' Assange loses his appeal to block extradition, Amazon offers free books in its Kindle Owner's Library, Toyota plans to offer healthcare robots by 2013


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