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  • News: Online shopping from smartphones on the up

    Nearly half of smartphone owners use or plan to use their handset to shop online, says ABI Research.

  • News: Google Nexus S hits Carphone Warehouse on Dec 20

    Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus S, will be exclusively available from the Carphone Warehouse on December 20, with contracts starting from a £35 per month.

  • News: Thirty-five Intel Atom tablets coming next year

    Intel CEO Paul Otellini says prominent PC makers including Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and Fujitsu will launch Intel-based Windows and Android tablets in 2011

  • News: Display makers fined over price-fixing cartel

    The European Commission on Wednesday found Asian flat-screen panel makers guilty of forming a cartel and fined them for breaching competition law.

  • News: iPad-smuggling 'mules' arrested in China

    Chinese customs officials last week arrested 14 women trying to smuggle 88 Apple iPads and 340 smartphones into the country, according to a report in the state-controlled Guangzhou Daily newspaper.

  • News: Ex-Microsoft CTO's firm files patent lawsuits

    Intellectual Ventures, a patent portfolio developer and broker started by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has filed patent lawsuits against nine tech companies, including Symantec, McAfee and Hynix Semiconductor.

  • News: Wikileaks supporters knock Visa.com offline

    A loosely organised group of internet hacktivists took down Visa's website on Wednesday, after organising a similar attack on MasterCard.

  • Opinion: Web scams that could fool you

    Maintain your PC properly and keep your antivirus software up to date and you needn’t fret too much about malware bringing it down. So goes the mental mantra many of us work by.

  • News: Mastercard website partially frozen by DDOS attack

    Hackers partially paralysed Mastercard's website, in an attack thought to be in revenge for the credit card company's decision to stop allowing web users to make donations to WikiLeaks.

  • How-Tos: How to fix the audio on a Windows 7 laptop

    I'm unable to hear any sound through the speakers on my Acer Extensa 5630Z Windows 7 laptop. It makes no difference whether I'm listening to MP3 files stored on the hard drive, videos streamed from a website or even system sounds. I can hear very faint audio when I plug in a pair of headphones, but turning up the volume doesn't improve things. The laptop has a Realtek sound card, but reinstalling the drivers hasn't helped. I've also used System Restore, experimented with different headphones and speakers, and tinkered with settings in the Sounds control panel. I'm at a loss as to what to do next.

  • How-Tos: How to run XP-compatible software in Windows 7

    I'm still using Quicken for my home inventory. Unfortunately, a necessary refresh of Windows 7 has left me with problems reinstalling Quicken. I get the error message: ‘The program cannot load because MFC70.DLL is missing from your computer'. I'm a novice user and would be grateful for any advice you can offer me.

  • News: Spam peaked in August 2010

    August was the peak month for spam during 2010, says Symantec.

  • News: 3DTVs flying off the shelves at PC World and Currys

    Brits can't get enough of 3D TVs, according to DSG International.

  • News: Colchester and Barry first to get Virgin's 100Mbps service

    Colchester in Essex and Barry in south Wales are two of the first four locations in the UK to be given access to Virgin Media's 100Mbps broadband connection.

  • How-Tos: How to find out if malware has infected your PC

    I recently had a brush with the GTScan malware. I closed the GTScan web page when it popped up onscreen and didn't download anything. There's been no sign of it since, but I'd like to be prepared if it rears its ugly head again. Should I run the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware alongside my existing security software? I already use McAfee and Microsoft Security Essentials, but neither have reported any issues.

  • News: One in ten Brits have purchased pirated software

    More than one in ten (11 percent) of Brits have purchased pirated software, says Microsoft.

  • News: 'Silver surfers' surge in the UK

    One in 10 of Brits aged between 65 and 75 got a broadband connection for the first time last year, causing a rise in 'silver surfers' says Ofcom.

  • News: IE9 to let users block tracking

    The next version of Internet Explorer will let users turn on "tracking protection," a new mechanism that will block specified third-party sites from tracking users, Microsoft said.

  • News: Google Chrome Web Store opens

    Google opened its web application store for Chrome browser users on Tuesday, offering highly interactive, graphically rich applications from a variety of sources, including National Public Radio, Amazon.com, Electronic Arts and Sports Illustrated.

  • News: Google launches Chrome operating system

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt says Chrome OS is ready to challenge Microsoft Windows as the platform of choice on laptops and netbooks



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