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  • Opinion: Ofcom wants more honest broadband advertising

    Ofcom's consumer panel is (again) demanding that ISPs reduce the gap between 'theoretical' broadband speeds, and those achieved in practice. In an open letter to Ofcom - the telcoms industry watchdog - the panel said it wants regulations in place to force ISPs to make the discrepancies more obvious to punters.

  • Opinion: Revealed: the solution to PC security

    Yes, I inherited the PC-security beat by failing at ‘last one out of the office’, but malware writers do get the girls. And we cover the interesting events. (By ‘interesting’ I mean buttock-clenchingly frightening, of course.)

  • Opinion: Ergo - a revolution in web/desktop search?

    Web and desktop search have come a long way over the past ten years, with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo acknowledging that PC users now expect relevant results in an instant. But while traditional search engines have made great progress in providing an ever-growing number of web pages related to the search terms you enter, the way in which those results are presented hasn't moved forward at all. You're bombarded by pages and pages of lists and, if anything, the results have become too extensive.

  • Opinion: Ergo - a revolution in web/desktop search?

    Web and desktop search have come a long way over the past ten years, with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo acknowledging that PC users now expect relevant results in an instant. But while traditional search engines have made great progress in providing an ever-growing number of web pages related to the search terms you enter, the way in which those results are presented hasn't moved forward at all. You're bombarded by pages and pages of lists and, if anything, the results have become too extensive.

  • Opinion: Google founder's Virgin marriage

    Yet another billionaire bachelor bites the dust. By now, Google's Larry Page and his betrothed Lucy Southworth have been hitched on Richard Branson's private island in the Bermuda Triangle (actually Necker Island in the British Virgin Isles). Sir Richard himself played best man, and I understand Elvis was master of ceremonies.

  • Opinion: Man chokes on $85,000 mobile bill

    If you thought Apple's iPhone charges were high, spare a thought for the man who just got an $85,000 (£41,000) mobile phone bill.

  • Opinion: The next big thing

    It’s traditional at the turn of the year for those interested in technology to predict which new products will have the biggest influence on our lives over the next 12 months. But very often, we get sidetracked by the headline-grabbing gadgets and forget the bread-and-butter technologies that will have a meaningful impact on the way we use our PCs.

  • Opinion: The next big thing

    It’s traditional at the turn of the year for those interested in technology to predict which new products will have the biggest influence on our lives over the next 12 months. But very often, we get sidetracked by the headline-grabbing gadgets and forget the bread-and-butter technologies that will have a meaningful impact on the way we use our PCs.

  • Opinion: The Wikipedia Fake Band Game

    Much as toddlers snub the expensive gifts they receive for Christmas and choose to play with the box instead, today's tech-literate youths are wasting the internet's fabulous wealth of knowledge on a silly game called The Wikipedia Fake Band Game.

  • Opinion: Mad Dad flogs Christmas gift Guitar Hero on eBay

    An unhappy dad has sold his disobedient son's Christmas present to sympathetic bidders.

  • Opinion: Amazon e-book reader is 'a bit sad'

    Philippe Starck, the French designer who champions simplicity of form, has proclaimed Amazon's Kindle e-book reader "almost modern" but "a bit sad".

  • Opinion: £3 million could be raised by clicking alone

    The power of the online click has been estimated at more than £3 million.

  • Opinion: World of Warcraft tactic fools moose

    Twelve-year-old Hans Jørgen Olsen and his sister encountered a troubled moose while walking in the forest near their Norwegian home. After diverting the beast's attention away from his younger sister, Hans played possum, "just like you learn at level 30 in World of Warcraft", to avoid being attacked.

  • Opinion: IBM will scan the streets of the Beijing Olympics

    When the 2008 Olympic Games kick off in Beijing next year, organisers will be using a sophisticated computer system to scan video images of city streets looking for everything from troublemakers to terrorists.

  • Opinion: The 'long tail' revolution is here

    While it’s easy to be persuaded to jump aboard the latest technological bandwagon, it’s always worth asking exactly how a new product will benefit you – the customer. This is a particularly pertinent question in a month when two major chip makers are telling us why we ought to upgrade to their quad-core technology. Click here for our AMD Phenom and Mesh Platinum Pro - an Intel Penryn-equipped desktop PC - reviews.

  • Opinion: What's safer: Internet Explorer or Firefox?

    Which browser is more secure Internet Explorer or Firefox? We all have our opinions, but rarely do we get a chance to hear Microsoft and the makers of the Firefox browser, Mozilla, debate the issue.

  • Opinion: BT offers movie downloads for free

    BT has launched a service offering customers free film downloads. The catch? You'll have to watch adverts. (Personally, I go to the cinema only to watch the trailers.)

  • Opinion: How to repair an unbootable XP or Vista PC

    Q. How do I prepare an emergency boot disc so I'm ready in case Windows becomes unbootable?

  • Opinion: Gamespot feels heat over bad review

    CNet Network’s Gamespot site is being sent to Coventry and roundly condemned by angry gamers irate at the seemingly rough justice meted out to one of its hacks. Gamespot’s Jeff Gerstmann found Eidos’ latest offering, Kane & Lynch, somewhat lacking and dared say as much in his review.

  • Opinion: Antispyware: to buy or not to buy?

    Recently my colleague Erik Larkin opined that dedicated antispyware applications are a waste of time and money. But while his argument is compelling, his opinion has caused a stir among those who earn their corn selling antispyware.



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