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  • News: NHS patient records warning from Information Commissioner

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned NHS trusts to take much more assertive steps to protect patient records.

  • News: Capita snaps up Ventura in £65 million deal

    Capita Group has paid £65 million cash to acquire customer contact centre specialist Ventura.

  • News: Free Downloads to Make Use of PC Idle Time

    Summer is upon us! The days are getting longer, the sun is out, and the view outside the window is making it difficult to stay indoors. Fortunately, more than a few free applications are just waiting for the chance to use your idle computer time for good.

  • News: Kodak patent claim against Apple, RIM goes back to judge

    The U.S. International Trade Commission handed down a split decision in Kodak’s high-stakes patent dispute with Apple and Research In Motion over the built-in cameras in smartphones late Thursday. The commission’s latest ruling sends the case back to an administrative law judge, with a final decision not expected until the end of August.

  • How-Tos: Calibrate Your Home-Theater Audio

    Sound is a big part of a satisfying home-theater setup, and people tend to give a movie higher marks when they watch it with good surround sound audio than with simple stereo. So improving the audio listening environment in your family room or living room may yield a much more immersive HDTV viewing experience.

  • News: WaterField Designs MacBook Air Wallet and Travel Express

    San Francisco-based accessory maker WaterField Designs has long made cases, bags, and sleeves for each and every “carry-able” Apple product, and the company has recently released not one, but two excellent travel cases for the latest MacBook Air: the $89 MacBook Air Travel Express and the $79 MacBook Air Wallet. (I tested the 11-inch version of each case; each is also available, for $10 more, in a version sized for the 13-inch MacBook Air.)

  • News: AT&T Labs taps telecom, venture veteran as new chief

    AT&T has named a new chief for its R&D labs whose expertise should enable the carrier both to exploit its own labs creations and also work with outside entities who might be able to use them.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 30: What I Learned

    Ubuntu Linux was a pleasant surprise. If I had to sum up my 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux in a sentence, it would be "Ubuntu Linux is more than capable of being the primary desktop OS for most users, but the learning curve will have some bumps."

  • Opinion: Grab, Flatten, and Smooth 3D Animation With Sculptris

    It'll be hard not to hum the Righteous Brothers and imagine a scene with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze after using Sculptris (free), a 3D graphics program that simulates working with real clay. The innovative and extremely user-friendly interface allows you to select real-world commands like pinching, grabbing, flattening and smoothing, and apply them to a clay ball. You can choose symmetry across any axis, create wireframes, and other advanced tools to get your clay sculpture to look exactly how you want. You can even add spheres to the object for massive customization, or change the texture of the object. Ever want to sculpt in liquid metal? Now you can.

  • News: Video Games Help Learning Difficulties

    According to a study by Nottingham Trent University in the UK, video games have the potential to help young people with learning difficulties master everyday tasks and inspire them to learn.

  • Feature: 25 great gadgets for summer

    Only the most useful, hardest-working gadgets earn a place in PC Advisor's hand luggage. Here are our tips for how to pack light but still be fully kitted out for a summer trip

  • Buying Advice: Are two separate memory modules better than one?

    A reader contacted us to ask whether it is better to have two separate modules of RAM, or a single 4GB module. Our Helproom expert offers some advice.

  • News: Outsourcing to India may not be affected by privacy rules

    Personal data sent to India by companies outsourcing work to service providers in the country will not be covered under the country's stringent new rules for the collection of personal data, an executive of a data protection standards company set up by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) said.

  • News: Sony demonstrates Face Control for PlayStation Vita

    At the Game Tools and Middleware event in Tokyo this week, Sony demonstrated a technology for PlayStation Vita which makes it possible for users to control games with their faces. Face Control uses avatars which mimic the user's actions in real time.

  • News: Android momentum not at risk even as iPhones sales jump, says analyst

    Apple's iPhone gained share among U.S. consumers who bought a mobile phone in the last three months, as the share for devices running Google's Android remained flat during the same period, Nielsen said Thursday.

  • Opinion: Stronghold 3 preview

    If all goes to plan this castle-building/seiging sequel promises a delicious brew of strategy and simulation.

  • News: The week in technology, 1 July 2011

    On World Tech Update this week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduces Office365, the US Supreme Court rules that violent video games can be sold and rented to minors, Egypt promises never to shut off the Internet again, News Corp takes a huge loss on MySpace, police use wearable cameras to capture evidence and the Getty Museum uses Google Goggles for art info.

  • News: Texas senator backs H-1B staffing firms

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) is siding with IT staffing firms that rely heavily on H-1B visa workers in a fight over a new immigration rule that curbs their ability to hire foreign workers.

  • News: Former Citrix CTO says virtualization will solve security problems

    Instead of worrying about how virtualization can be secured, the startup Bromium says its virtualization that will secure everything else.

  • News: Hillingdon Council invigorates IT team with virtualisation

    Hillingdon Council’s IT department spends just 20 percent of its time “keeping the lights on” thanks to its adoption of virtualisation technologies, according to the local authority’s assistant head of ICT.


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