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  • Opinion: Is this the end for the paperback book?

    Electronics enthusiasts derive enormous enjoyment from gazing back in time and reading wrong-headed statements made by the experts of days gone by. One IBM bigwig famously predicted that there might one day be a need for as many as five computers in the world. There was the suggestion that the Segway would revolutionise travel. And let’s not forget the theory that, by the start of the 21st century, the paperback would be dead and everybody would download books electronically.

  • Opinion: Free for all

    Whether you’re on the lookout for a laptop, a new broadband provider, a console or a mobile phone, it’s never been easier to get your hands on the goods without paying anything. The offers I’m talking about here aren’t the ones promoted via tacky banner ads on suspect websites – they’re advertised in reputable newspapers, on billboards and even on mainstream TV channels.

  • Opinion: £125 laptops to take over the world?

    It all started when Nicholas Negroponte announced his grand plan to produce millions of laptops for $100 a pop. Now the ultra-cheap laptop concept is being pursued by industry heavyweights including chipmakers Intel and AMD and notebook manufacturers Quanta and Asustek. Everybody wants to be a part of this new product category, and if you believe the hype, it's about to take over the world. So, are you ready to buy a slimmed-down system for less than £125?

  • Opinion: £125 laptops to take over the world?

    It all started when Nicholas Negroponte announced his grand plan to produce millions of laptops for $100 a pop. Now the ultra-cheap laptop concept is being pursued by industry heavyweights including chipmakers Intel and AMD and notebook manufacturers Quanta and Asustek. Everybody wants to be a part of this new product category, and if you believe the hype, it's about to take over the world. So, are you ready to buy a slimmed-down system for less than £125?

  • Opinion: It's official: Microsoft embraces Open Source

    The Open Source Initiative has (finally) approved two "shared source" licences submitted by Microsoft. So Microsoft is now officially Open Source, and it didn't even ask for any special treatment.

  • Opinion: And finally... ITN gets YouTube channel

    It's official: Sir Trevor needs to dust down his best internet suit. ITN is to launch a YouTube channel.

  • Opinion: HMV offers in-store gaming for harassed husbands

    Saturday afternoons spent trailing the wife around clothes shops may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to HMV.

  • Opinion: Skype offers free mobile calls in the UK

    VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has taken a beating of late with SunRocket's demise and Vonage's patent problems. But the mobile phone is about to give new life to VoIP, and become the king of all-around cheap calls in the UK.

  • Opinion: The Archers podcast launched by BBC

    Inexplicably popular, ancient Radio 4 snorefest The Archers is about to be made available as a daily podcast. Listeners will be able to download full episodes of the BBC's radio soap opera to their MP3 players, immediately after they broadcast, from this Sunday.

  • Opinion: Apple board member wins Nobel Prize

    Five months ago Apple CEO Steve Jobs proposed that former US Vice President Al Gore would easily win if he stood for President of the United States. Now the Apple board member has won the Nobel Peace Prize … once won by alleged IRA bomber Gerry Adams!

  • Opinion: Why Skype and Vonage must die

    Skype and Vonage illustrate what is wrong with user communications: They are 'closed' and not standards based. These strategies support business models that are not in line with 21st century wants and needs. They have to go.

  • Opinion: Apple: more of a control freak than Microsoft

    Apple is coming from a long way behind, but gaining ground in the corporate environment. And universities, too, are seeing a surge in OS X usage - some of which will soon translate into business demand a graduates enter the work force. While many users laud Apple for the freedom that it gives them, recent developments indicate that Apple might be even more of a "control freak" than Microsoft.

  • Opinion: Resistance: Fall of Man - no Bafta for you, says God

    Resistance: Fall of Man, the popular PS3 (Playstation 3) alien-shooting game that triggered controversy by setting a particularly bloody scene inside a facsimile of Manchester Cathedral, has been nominated for a Bafta - and the Church ain't happy.

  • Opinion: Ofcom slaps ISPs over 'up to' broadband speeds

    Ofcom has asked ISP (internet service provider) bosses to be a little less, er, enthusiastic in the way they advertise broadband packages.

  • Opinion: Want to steal someone's ID? Here's their password...

    McAfee today released survey findings showing how rubbish we all are at coming up with secure passwords. So I'm contemplating swapping sides. Not to steal cash, you understand, but to teach people a lesson. And steal cash.

  • Opinion: All Blacks fans pillory English rugby ref on 'death threat' website

    Disgruntled fans of the New Zealand rugby team have set up a Bebo group to express their anger at Wayne Barnes, the English referee who officiated their side's quarter-final defeat to World Cup hosts France.

  • Opinion: Data theft: don't be an IDiot

    Today we learnt again that UK PC users remain in blissful ignorance of the dangers of identity fraud, with an idiotic 79 percent of users casually tossing away their data. When will people get it?

  • Opinion: Led Zep promoter: 'eBay can drop dead and die'

    We've got bad news and good news. Bad: Led Zeppelin are re-forming for a one-off gig. Good: if you've bought tickets you might not be able to get in. Phew!

  • Opinion: iPod nano sets light to man's pants

    The iPod nano may not be cheap but it's not supposed to literally burn a hole in your pocket. However, for one man in Douglasville, Georgia, it didn't just burn a hole, it burst into flames.

  • Opinion: How green is your IT?

    Tell us how well your business protects the environment, and we'll tell MPs. And you could win a green IT audit for your company! PC Advisor's sister titles Computerworld, Techworld and CIO are to present a report to MPs in the House of Commons later this year to raise awareness of IT's impact on the environment.



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